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Thus Their Lives Ended - Poem by OTONYE DANIEL

By war blinded..

On and on they marched..

One an all prepared to die..

By one hope binded,

To hold victory an drag it home..

They marched
decieved that war was bravery, a lie

They sang 'heave...ho'
And paddled asea

Craving to slay one an every enemy or foe

They laughed and joked at their wives' plea..

That peace was brave..not war

In dark of the night,

When the crispy breeze was naked and coldest.

They drank and planned how the war to fight

Aiming to come out history's greatest

They laughed and played,

And sharpened swords,

They sang, they cursed,

They drank and said..

'Cursed be our foes'.. Aye! They fumbled with words

They ate, they prepared,

While asea, they were goodly fed

'Shore! Shore! ' Their drunk lips shouted

Unto their feet they sprouted..

Jumped ashore.. in haste..

Off their boats..

With swords mortal blood to taste..

And mortal necks to slay like goats

Boom! ...
Alas! They all died..

For they with strength and swords..

Aye! They were bombarded..

By enemies' modern hands..

Sworded days were gone..

Thus they all died.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

A fiction.. It just came into my head.. Wed.19 April 2012

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 19, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 24, 2012

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