Friday, 15 April 2016

1865 - 1963 - 1968

April 15th – Assassins' Day
Lincoln's life would ebb away
Ford theatre became the shocking scene
Of a real-life drama, which would mean

“Our American Cousin” soon became
The play with blood splashed on its name.
Down the barrel of a sure-held gun
John Wilkes Booth fired; a quick run

Amid the turmoil for the door
Blood splattered on the wooden floor;
The Civil War neared to its close
But this death shadowed all of those...

Abraham died before the peace
Not knowing violence would increase
New guns are licensed every day;
Who remembers James Earl Ray

Who silenced Martin Luther King?
These killings have a hollow ring
JFK by Oswald shot
Jack Ruby could not rumours stop …

“Assassin” has an Arab source
It's “hashish-eater”; but of course
These noble men might not have died
If the gunmen hadn't been supplied!

(c) Poet in the woods 2016


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