For What Have All These People Died?

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Napoleon, for what across Europe did you sweep?
For what reason did you make your opposition weep?
Why, Alexander, oh, the Great, did you go on, to conquer who was free?
Spilt blood of those who did not bow could fill a sea.
Wilhelm, on France you did encroach for lust of power.
How could you cause so many deaths in the battle hour?
To Hitler, I cry out, “Why did you hate? Why did you loathe? What did they do to you?”
Those who you weakened, those who you slew.
Khengis Han, why did you lead your men to plunder, to kill, to darken hearts with fear?
How could worthless riches be priced higher than lives of people dear?
Of genius all of you were great!
But it was of conquest and of hate!
Why, with simple life you were not satisfied?
Pain and sorrow , you brought, for what, tell me, have all these people died?





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Anonymous_7 said...
Aug. 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Wow! This is amazing, very creative, and it flows really well!

 

 
Blue4 replied...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 8:52 am
Thank you very much.
 
Danealle said...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm
Love this! I like how you actually try and make your poems flow unlike most teenagers who just close their eyes and put in line breaks. 
 
Blue4 replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 9:52 am
Haha, thank you!
 
ambnyc This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm
This is touching. I like the allusions to the real-life characters. The only thing is, I'm not sure if Hitler should be classed alongside Napoleon and Alexander the Great. But it was a wonderful poem!
 
Blue4 replied...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Thank you, I guess, though, you are right. Hitler was of a different sort... definitely much more evil, insane, etc. But all of them were the causes of such bloodshed, Hitler even more than the others.
 
ambnyc This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm
True, they've got a lot of bloodshed in common. Nevertheless, it's a thought-provoking poem. The last line really ties it together.
 
WithPenAndScript said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Love it, I love teh allusions to the people and the rhyme. It really make syou think how so many died for some ruthless rulers. Beautiful :)
 
Blue4 replied...
Aug. 15, 2011 at 8:57 am
Thank you very much!
 
miracle_of_hope said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm
OMG I LOVE THIS
 
Blue4 replied...
Aug. 15, 2011 at 8:55 am
Thank you, I'm really glad you do :)
 
Niarra_Nightmare said...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Wow Blue4, Two words: Freakin' Beautiful. I've never seen poetry that blend into history so smoothly before. Five stars, Blue4
 
Blue4 replied...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Thank you very much!
 
Lola_Black said...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 11:51 am
You want brutal honesty? Here it is: This poem freakin' rocks! It really doesn't matter how many poems you've written, as long as they're good. And this one is. By the way, I love how you mentioned worthless riches. Nice play on words!
 
Blue4 replied...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Thank you, thank you! I'm so glad you like it!
 
writerfreak21231 said...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm
wow this was just plain moving. It was very very good. U are a very good poet and I cant wait for more! :)(:
 
Blue4 replied...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm
it is so amazing to know that someone likes my poetry, even more so because this is my second or third poem I've written!
 
writerfreak21231 replied...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 11:46 am
GASP! everyone should like ur poetry!!! its sooo freakin good!!!!!!!! :)(:
 
Blue4 replied...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm
Thanks again :D
 
TeamJacobArchuleta said...
Aug. 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm
wow that was really good, kind of short but almost better that way because it got right to the point and it really made the reader think and consider what you wrote about...great job(:
 
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