Treasure Island

Sidi J. Mahtrow


A Rational Anthem


My country, tis of thee,
Sweet land of felony,
Of thee I sing, -
Land where my fathers fried
Young witches and applied
Whips to the Quaker's hide
And made him spring.

My knavish country, thee,
Land where the thief is free,
Thy laws I love;
I love the thieving bills
That tap the people's tills;
I love thy mob whose wills's
All laws above.

Let Federal employees
And rings rob all they please,
The whole year long,
Let office-holders make
Their piles and judges take
Our coin. For Jesus' sake,
Let's all go wrong!

Ambrose Bierce

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Bierce, was born in 1842 and died in 1913, is best known for his Devil's Dictionary, but in his life-time wrote volumes of poems and articles which were published in the California papers of the day. His sarcastic view of the world about him gained him notoriety at the time, and persist today. This poem is taken from a recently published book, ' A vision of doom, poems by Ambrose Bierce'. Donald M. Grant publisher, West Kingston Rhode Island,1980.

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Submitted: Saturday, April 14, 2012

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  • Chandra Thiagarajan (9/15/2012 10:10:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem forgotten since, has now been posted for the benefit of poets of Poem Hunter. Thanks and best wishes. (Report) Reply

  • Romeo Della Valle (4/16/2012 9:42:00 PM)

    Wow! The more you know, the more you have to learn! Thank you for posting this amazing poem! You never know what is hidden in the Devil's mind until it actually appear or clearly by the Devil himself revealed! 10+++ Thank you for sharing and keep it up! God Bless You! Love and Peace for always! Romeo from New York City! (Report) Reply

  • Romeo Della Valle (4/16/2012 9:38:00 PM)

    Wow! The more you know, the more you have to learn! Thank you for posting this amazing poem! You never know what is hidden in the Devil's mind until it actually appear or clearly by the Devil himself revealed! 10+++ Thank you for sharing and keep it up! God Bless You! Love and Peace for always! Romeo from New York City! (Report) Reply

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