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American Revolution MAG

By Anonymous

   Over the hills and halls of Mount Vernon

I heard voices that cried,

"No taxation without representation!"

And the Tories who lied.

In the monuments and museums and houses

I saw people who dreamed

In the battlefields of blood and of anger

I saw the British get creamed

I saw brave men who died

And children who cried

I heard calls for freedom to vote

I heard lofty appeals

And men with ideals

I read words that the wisest men wrote

Yet it baffles me now

To understand how

These men died for America and why

It's a nation of thugs

And homewrecking drugs

And poor homeless children who cry

Our forefathers tried

But instead they died

If you look closely, I think you'll find:

A nation of crime

And a nation of death

Was not quite what they had in mind.

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on May. 18 2018 at 10:22 am
BreezyMonk GOLD, Uniontown, Ohio
18 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
The road to you is hard, bumpy, and full of holes but its worth getting to know the real you.

Sooo good!! I wish I could write this good and get published in the magazine!

on Dec. 15 2017 at 10:16 am
IzzyJuniper BRONZE, Wellesley , Massachusetts
4 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Learn to think continentally.”- Alexander Hamilton


so good poem

on Sep. 4 2012 at 10:11 am
MarieAntoinette2014 DIAMOND, Scottsburg, Indiana
54 articles 2 photos 237 comments

Favorite Quote:
Isn't it ironic? We ignore the ones who adore us, adore the ones who ignore us, love the ones who hurt us, and hurt the ones that love us.

I think this person is just saying the author should respond to the comments down here.

on Mar. 9 2012 at 3:20 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
35 articles 0 photos 1398 comments

Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

So true---our nation seems hopelessly flawed some days. Just turn on the news and you'll see a story that breaks your heart. Strong poem~

on Jan. 18 2012 at 8:11 pm
haha i was gunna use this for doin a poen nd this gave meh ideas

on Nov. 23 2011 at 8:48 am
pens-are-mightier-than-swords SILVER, Caledonia, Michigan
8 articles 0 photos 46 comments

Favorite Quote:
"we often put up walls not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down"
~Author Unknown

Amen! I totally agree 100%. This is great writing. It flowed well, however, some of the rhymming seemed a bit forced. But even the rhymming was good. This is well written, and so true!

on Nov. 3 2011 at 12:46 pm
please i need more information about the poet short biography

wiseone said...
on Oct. 18 2011 at 9:47 am
wiseone, Jacksonville, Florida
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
People say practice makes perfect but then they say your not perfect ,I wish they would make up they're mind because they are confusing me

I completly agree with u its funny how gangs claim streets saying it they'res little do they know that the street they are claiming has been there more than 3 generations ago

homwork said...
on Oct. 11 2011 at 5:41 pm
ey i loved it, can i use it for homework haha !

on Oct. 7 2011 at 11:00 am
this is the best one

pvclark said...
on Sep. 5 2011 at 12:52 pm
Your poem is very well written and quite poignant.  I am working on a project about poems inspired by the American Revolution and would like to read your poem as part of my presentation.  Would that be ok?  I am an adult and an education consultant. 

TAR11 SILVER said...
on Jul. 14 2011 at 5:35 pm
TAR11 SILVER, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
7 articles 0 photos 51 comments
I like it.  Please check out mine.  From the Hilltop and Anonymous' Inferno if you get the chance.  Thanks! 

on Jul. 14 2011 at 10:46 am
WritingGirlKyla14 PLATINUM, West Valley, Utah
24 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
I am a princess, all girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty or smart or young. They're still princesses, all of us." -Frances Hodgeson Burnett, A Little Princess
Live in the present, remember the past and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now." _Christopher Paolini, Eldest

So true! I never thought of it that way! I love it so much!

~K   : )

on Jun. 22 2011 at 9:40 pm
wannebewriter, Baltimore, Maryland
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"You can't upload love and you can't download time. You can't google all of life's answers. you actually have to live some of your life." <3

this is absolutly AMAZING!!! this poem is so true :/ ... keep writing!

on Jun. 22 2011 at 9:02 pm
msoccerm345 SILVER, Grimes, Iowa
7 articles 0 photos 68 comments

Favorite Quote:
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

this is amazing! i absolutely love this. i mean normally i am not into history at all, like its my least favorite subject, or at least it was until this year. but anyway this poem is so true though i dont think everyone in america is like that but a lot of people are and i sometimes think that our fore-fathers would be disappointed in how we are acting now. they gave up so much for us that we sometimes take advantage of. this poem did a wonderful job of really bringing that out in words and making people think. thank you. great job

on May. 31 2011 at 9:00 am
Crazymexican GOLD, Jay, Maine
12 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
not sure

i love this poem it describes america perfectly its all like this in the world but mostly here in the U.S.A. i agree with you

on May. 5 2011 at 2:43 pm
IWillDream54 GOLD, Amarillo, Texas
10 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Look out, they're coming after us with big guns,
They're only gonna tell you all the bad things I've done
Even if they words they say aren't true they've won,
Now I'm left here dying in the sun..."

Woops, sorry.. That was supposed to be a regular comment, not a response.. :)

on May. 5 2011 at 2:41 pm
IWillDream54 GOLD, Amarillo, Texas
10 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Look out, they're coming after us with big guns,
They're only gonna tell you all the bad things I've done
Even if they words they say aren't true they've won,
Now I'm left here dying in the sun..."

Really? I agree that those people were amazing and brave and wonderful and we wouldn't be here without them, but I absolutely love this poem. I think it almost GIVES these people respect by saying that they fought so hard for our country and we aren't thanking them properly the way it turned out. I loved this poem, I thought it was amazingly well written and awesome.


Keep Writing!!!

on Mar. 26 2011 at 9:32 pm
SwishAndFlick63 BRONZE, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
2 articles 1 photo 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Not knowing what you feel is not the same as not feeling at all.

It's just an opinion in a poem....