Matthew Henning

Rookie (2/13/1998 / United States)

The Black Death - Poem by Matthew Henning

Dark tendrils of disease
spread across the land
Twisting
clawing
Reaching until all of Europe
Is in the clutches of Death himself.

Women and children,
Men and kings alike,
a third of the population
all become victims
to the monster named Plague
It waits silently in the dark,
and the filth,
waiting for you to drop your guard.

The beast is hungry.
the beast must be fed.
It cannot be defeated,
It cannot be slain.
We live our lives in fear
of the demise
that waits around the corner.

Millions die,
more become ill
Darkness
in the form of disease
Death knows no prejudice
Plague knows no race
only hunger.

Will the darkness ever end?
Will this curse ever be lifted?
Will the slop of our miserable lives
ever be washed clean?
No one knows
but God above.
Save us.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this for History Class to characterize the time in Europe known as The Dark Ages.

Comments about The Black Death by Matthew Henning

  • (11/30/2018 8:35:00 AM)

    I am stealing your poem to pass as my own! Thanks buddy! ! (Report)Reply

    (11/30/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    My teacher made me change it. Sorry, I'm going to be better.

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  • (11/5/2018 5:12:00 AM)

    hi Im phoebe Jane McCormack im in year 7 I just want to tell you about poems I love history.

    love from phoebe
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  • (3/22/2018 3:14:00 PM)

    That poem was so good I presented it to my soc.st class (Report)Reply

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  • (10/18/2013 3:33:00 PM)

    Running out of breath myself as your intense piece has a turbulent flow
    Nicely done, achieving panic and depth
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  • Noreen Carden (10/17/2013 4:56:00 AM)

    Well done Matthew a dark subject very well written (Report)Reply

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  • (10/16/2013 7:48:00 AM)

    Yeah! I heard that. Kinda creepy to be honest... (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Lacovara (10/16/2013 12:02:00 AM)

    Did you know the childhood nursery rhyme song, Ring Around The Rosie was actually written about the Bubonic Plague...pretty little song that all children are taught...ironic, isn't it? ? ? You did capture the horror of those times. Well done.
    PEACE
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    (11/5/2018 5:14:00 AM)

    I love the plague I mean learning about it

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, October 25, 2013


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