A Haiku - Two Ends

They wronged the wrong man.

Our actions make a difference.
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Two lives, two consequences....

[The course of a country's history is changed by one humble man who protested, and one fallen dictator the humble man brought down.]

They thought: "Close his stall."

He thought: "Life lacks purpose now."

Others thought: "Me, too?"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

One thought he gave.

"No one should do this to me!"

A country rose up.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The dictator roared.

"Death to all the ones like him!'"

The dictator fell.

© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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jessica.written. 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

i am not sure that i understand your first stanza but the next two were breath taking. it made me think of hitler and his reign. in simple terms. He reigned. he roared. people followed, foolishly. he fell.

Sweet flow, awesome work.

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

I think this is about Iraq or somewhere close by.

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annart 5 years ago from SW England

I like a story in haikus. It says a lot in a short time. Great! Voted up

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arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

Nice Haiku, good job.

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

the haiku speaks very loudly and it is great. Love your poem.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Strong words. Made me think of all those despots around here who are always trying to gain the upper hand and should all be shot on the spot.

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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles


This is actually a well-written senryu poem rather than a haiku. I really enjoyed it!

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Perspycacious 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

The first stanza refers to the street seller whose stall was closed down by local authorities. It left him hopeless and in protest he burned himself to death showing others his abject hopelessness. His act, and the public response, brought down the country's ruthless dictator.

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