Michelle Claus


Alexander the Great


(When my son and I studied world history together, we enjoyed the legend of Alexander the Great. In that spirit, I composed this poem.)

There once was a Macedon lad
Whose mind was a trifling mad.
At twelve years of age,
He fancied it sage
To render Bucephalus glad.

The boy on his horse would aspire
To better his average sire.
King Philip was mild
Compared to his child,
Whose spirit consumed like a fire.

At twenty, the bellicose man
Embarked on a grandiose plan.
With dagger and shield
And soldiers to wield
His empire swelled quite a span.

In Egypt, where ships ever sail,
He carried the crook and the flail.
In Persia he led
As Darius fled
Like a dog with a quivering tail.

There never was fortress to stall
The lord with a lust for the brawl.
He seized with a slam
Of his battering ram
An island surrounded by wall.

But in India vigor was spent
And soldiers began to dissent.
They pleaded, "No more!
We're tired and sore."
The conqueror sulked in his tent.

Conceding at last to his fate,
He ordered his men to abate.
Along their way back
A germ would attack
And overtake Alex the Great.

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Submitted: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Topic of this poem: history


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  • Gold Star - 19,068 Points Chinedu Dike (10/3/2014 3:16:00 PM)

    A tale of Alexander The Great quest for conquest and his eventual demise in a nutshell. A well penned narrative poem exploring the life of a Monumental icon. Lovely piece. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,119 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (8/26/2014 11:25:00 PM)

    A great story he puts in a nutshell. Brilliant work. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 203 Points Omar Eldamsheety (7/9/2014 6:46:00 AM)

    Excellent poem... I liked it. (Report) Reply

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