Ernest Hemingway

(21 July 1899 - 2 July 1961 / Oak Park, Illinois)

Captives - Poem by Ernest Hemingway

Some came in chains
Unrepentant but tired.
Too tired but to stumble.
Thinking and hating were finished
Thinking and fighting were finished
Retreating and hoping were finished.
Cures thus a long campaign,
Making death easy.


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  • Gold Star - 13,947 Points * Sunprincess * (7/21/2014 8:02:00 PM)

    ............this is a dramatic poem.....and heart breaking imagery... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - -1 Points Paul Smith (12/5/2013 10:44:00 AM)

    He needed so few words. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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