John McKay Withey

Rookie (Ayrshire, Scotland)

Pages Of History - Poem by John McKay Withey

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Martin Luther King had a dream,
No more racism was his theme.
Gandhi, 'Father of the Nation',
His dream was poverty eradication.

Buddhist monks took a chance,
Against oppression made a stance.
Tanks filled Tiananmen Square,
Students with placards in despair.

Holocaust victims screamed with pain,
Auschwitz ruins still remain.
Hiroshima victims of A-bomb blast,
Children ran naked, faces aghast.

John F. Kennedy in his limo was shot,
Lee Harvey Oswald blamed for the plot.
John Lennon wrote'Give peace a chance',
His peace shattered by a gunman's stance.

Sri Lanka survived the Tsunami flood,
Homes and villages engulfed in mud.
Dafur and Ethiopia ravaged by drought,
Malnutrition and disease remove any doubt.

Poverty and pain over many long years,
But daily we live with the same old fears.
Have we learned nothing from victims tears,
As Armageddon beckons, we ignore wise sears.


Comments about Pages Of History by John McKay Withey

  • Rookie Carol Gall (5/18/2009 5:24:00 PM)

    a most excellent poem shows the world as is (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 96 Points Rani Turton (5/18/2009 3:08:00 PM)

    I appreciated a lot this poem that included the whole world and their tragedies. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 18, 2009



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