Writer’s Island Prompt Number 17

22 Aug

Hitler: An Argument In Favour Of Abortion

The worst mistake ever made:
Your Ma’s readiness to get laid.
Curse the dawn that gave you breath:
It led to sixty million deaths.
Cry for those who passed your way:
Disabled, Gypsy, Jew and Gay.
The saddest tale ever told:
You lived too long; you died too old.


We were asked to consider time travel: when & where we would go back to, what we would re-live or change.  I immediately thought of an old poem that I wasn’t quite satisfied with and I re-worked it for the prompt.


14 Responses to “Writer’s Island Prompt Number 17”

  1. totomai August 22, 2010 at 12:48 #

    a powerful piece of writing, summarizes one of the events that is well-known by everyone. wow. just wow.


  2. Mary August 22, 2010 at 13:45 #

    Wow, this strong, serious poem really packs a punch about the man who was responsible for bringing SO much evil into the world!


  3. diladi August 22, 2010 at 14:19 #

    My favorite line: You lived too long, you died too old. Very sad, but a most interesting take on the prompt! Well written, and well thought of!


  4. pamela August 22, 2010 at 15:22 #

    Tillybud this is excellent and so well written!


  5. Musings August 22, 2010 at 18:06 #

    This is amazing, Tilly. You really are talented with words.


  6. wayne August 22, 2010 at 19:53 #

    had to read it again….realy like it thanks for this Tilly


    • vivinfrance August 22, 2010 at 21:28 #

      This poem has undergone a sea change since first I saw it. It really works well. Félicitations.


  7. keiths ramblings August 22, 2010 at 21:18 #

    Like Wayne – so good I read it twice! You really made me think . Brilliant.


  8. 1sojournal August 23, 2010 at 01:17 #

    This feels, to me, like the lid of a pot coming to full boil. There is more I am sure.



  9. systematicweasel August 23, 2010 at 03:19 #

    Wow! This poem has so much power to it. Excellently written!

    -Weasel =)


  10. slpmartin August 23, 2010 at 05:30 #

    Ah this poem has some real punch to it…very much enjoyed it.


  11. tillybud August 23, 2010 at 11:27 #

    Thank you for the positive comments, everyone. Will you believe that I hesitated to post it?


  12. rob kistner August 23, 2010 at 20:54 #

    I am laughing, I am crying, I am gasping, I am nodding yes, and shouting bravo for this courageous bit of verse Tilly — and oh my how true this is…



    • tillybud August 24, 2010 at 08:11 #

      Wow! That’s a real compliment, coming from you, Rob. Thank you.


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