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Reason 2 Rhyme – “This Day In History…”

Monday, July 2, 2012 Poetry Prompt…

Select one particular day in history (the world’s or your personal experience) and write a poem contrasting the same day in the present.

Here is my response to the “This Day In History..” prompt…

Summer Solstice

On this,

The Longest Day of the Year,

The Ancients would celebrate

Or sacrifice

Or prophesy.



Sun blazing past our bedtime,

Kids race through the sprinkler

And laugh

And squeal.



The Great Clock begins its descent

And the world will hibernate

Or re-create

Or perish.


A year from now, where will we be,

with the sun at its zenith, shining down on me?

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  6. “Fourteenth of August”

    On fourteenth of August,
    Nineteen fourteen,
    A Great War of the Just,
    Quite unforeseen;
    All men fought, as they must,
    War to end endless wars,
    Rations, millions
    Fell from sky, meteors
    To depths, and wept,
    Obedient to orders.
    Utopia was lost,
    Grasped at, gasped at,
    Regent’s death not worth cost,
    Youth gone, dead longed,
    A generation lost.
    On fourteenth of August,
    One month, short jump
    From War, three thousand just
    Dust, leaped, ash-heaped,
    And men fought, as they must,
    Longest war to end war;
    Wi-fi, they die,
    Heated, armored, filmed live,
    Knights of lore;
    On fourteenth of August
    Utopia fooled us,
    The best of West,
    Of the East, again lost,
    Patriots, Zealots,
    Same slow, cool-counted cost;
    Youth gone, dead longed,
    Our generation lost.

    Eric M. Vogt
    Copyright 2012

    • Very good, rapid-fire verse Eric! I especially like your knack for internal rhyme. Great comparison of the two time periods, as well!

      Thanks for jumping in this week!

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