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Predecessors and Lessons Learned?

Updated on March 31, 2017

A message sent by the grandest days of Rome,

Ceasar was such a force of this mightiest empire.

A time when one person chose to rule the world,

His, of much to hide and to cover-up, to conspire.

Were these moments in history, of greed and power,

Doing so much to harm and many hopes to devour.

A terrible span across history, of the widest of lands,

So taxed and wronged, and fear of death to shower.

A notable figure in history was that of Hannibal,

He was one to be such a most ruthless leader.

Ruling all lands of Carthage with an iron hand,

His behavior, even now, frightens every reader.

This man was only human, despite his reputation,

Eventually, he so succumbed to his human traits.

Over time and of his defeat, was a lust for power,

A driving force, even to collapse the tallest tower.

Stalin, who was also one such ruthless dictator,

Was responsible for most harsh and evil deeds.

Over time and after much desolation, to perish,

Failing, prisoner of his own mind, as nightmarish.

Hitler and Mussolini, both to be such terrible figures,

the twentieth century's worst dictators, trying to hide.

One was killed by firing squad, and body to be hung,

The other, a victim of his own hand, committed suicide.

How much closer are we there, now all to be today,

The world, seeming so full of hate, its roles to play?

Are there true reflections of events, of the past days,

So alike those darker times, as now to be portrayed?

The world's leaders, everyone, all have an access,

Just by reading and discussing those historic scripts.

Every head of state, leaders from around this globe,

All's lives, humanity's family, the futures in their grips.

Only history will tell...
Only history will tell...


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      whonunuwho 9 months ago from United States

      Yes, my friend and will we ever learn from our past mistakes is the real question. Perhaps one day we will find out and hope for the best. Blessings. whonu

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 9 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank for that imaginative poetic write about world leaders. It is those power hungry leaders that pose the biggest threat to the world. Always has been and always will be if only people looked back on history and noted the time things went dreadfully wrong and why.

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      Nithya Venkat 9 months ago from Dubai

      Great poem, history repeats itself again and again. The lust for power is the cause of all chaos in this world.

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      whonunuwho 9 months ago from United States

      MsDora, we as a people have all lived in many trying times. This is one such period in which our grave situation may not be so realized by many and we need to focus and be aware. Never has there been such a need for god's guidance in many years. Thank you for your support. Blessings to all. whonu

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      Dora Weithers 9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Power hungry, selfish people do not think that they have anything to learn from people past or present. We can only pray for personal direction on how to live in these confusing times.

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      whonunuwho 9 months ago from United States

      Eric, that seems to be the way it is with us all. At least we may say that we are aware and there is always room for improvement. Blessings my friend. whonu

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I keep trying that learn from history deal. It does not work for me. But this is a great poem to the idea.

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      whonunuwho 9 months ago from United States

      Thank you, my friend. I believe that if we looked at history much more and see what had happened, it might prevent us from making the same mistakes. Blessings my friend. whonu

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      Louise Powles 9 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a lovely poem. Yes, I think we can learn a lot from our ancestors. I worry about the future of our children sometimes.