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  • Dead Men's Chant

    The rough of it, the tough of it,
    goddamn, we’ve had enough of it.
    To hell! we’ll roar, we’ll take no more
    and that will be the end of it.

    We’ll strive to be, you’ll cease to be;
    the best of men will come to be.
    We’ll take our lot no matter what
    whatever then, we’ll choose to be.

    Been quiet ’till now, been meek ’till now;
    we’ve held our peace, that is, ’till now.
    We may by force, no other course,
    by other means, we’ve tried ’till now.

    To live, for what, this life, for what,
    why must we even ask, for what?
    We’ve stood your pains and wore your chains,
    for all your greed, is that for what?

    To arms, we must, to war, we must;
    we’ll win this day with blood, we must.
    Into the fray, make hell, make pay,
    if needs be, give our lives, we must.

    What of the end, is this the end,
    to be or not to be the end?
    Should we have died, our hopes denied;
    at least were free into the end.

    Come, what of us, what left of us,
    to bone and dust the best of us.
    And all for what, with time forgot
    that freeborn sense in all of us.

  • #2
    Sounds almost a battle cry to me Tony. Well-rhymed.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello RhymeLovingWriter, A clarion call indeed, for freedom, filtered through the blood of history into a chant, a dirge even. Thank you very much. Autumn is treating you well, I hope. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #3
    out standing. loved the repetition in this poem and it went down a treat. for us for them for all. lol

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello poemzone, Delighted you enjoyed this and that it was a treat for everyone, is a grand reward for sharing it. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #4
    Tony - What a verbal treat of poetic dancing for the living to embrace. We should all heed the message. You crafted this so well Tony and I much enjoyed it. Namyh
    P.S. - Think I'll read it again.
    Last edited by Namyh; 10-14-2018, 01:40 PM.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Namyh, Dance away, please do and I'll be dancing with you, perhaps then, we'll get the whole world dancing into the many moves of poetry. Thank you very much for your splendid response. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #5
    This superbly rhymed poem blends a stirring call to arms, spurred by oppression, with a sobering long-view sense of ultimate silence for those who strove for freedom. As always, Tony, your mastery of the form is a wonder to behold and is to be savoured.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello grant, A true poet you are, you not alone embrace but welcome and love all forms of poetry. Thank you ever so much for your lovely response, it gladdens the heart, truly. Do take care now. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #6
    Another great poem tony and a battle cry for injustices. Well done.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Alexandra, Injustice - I am glad you read it so. Thank you very much. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #7
    The use of repetition as a rousing call to arms, is very effective.

    This is is a MASTER poet with his talents on full display!

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Dwayne, Such a response from a master poet such as yourself, finds me overwhelmed, I jest you nay. You are kind beyond words. You are on the mend, I hope. Fond regards, Tony.
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