Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Conquest





 “Greater in battle than the man who would conquer a thousand-thousand men, is he who would conquer just one — himself."
― Gautama Buddha

“ 'When you have seen the errors in which you live, you will understand 

the good that we have done you by coming to your land 
by order of his Majesty the King of Spain.' ” 
― Jared DiamondGuns, Germs, and Steel

“There's no such thing as a limited victory. Every victory leaves another resentment, another defeated and humiliated people. 
Another place to guard and defend and fear.” 
― Jeanette WintersonThe Passion

Statue-Augustus.jpg
Augustus of Prima Porta, 1st century
Midweek Motif ~ Conquest


As we leave August behind, we leave a month named in honor of the Roman Emperor Augustus because it was the time of year in which he conquered Egypt, et al. 

Conquest.


According to Wikipedia:

The right of conquest is the right of a conqueror to territory taken by force of arms. It was traditionally a principle of international law that has gradually given way in modern times until its proscription after World War II when the crime of war of aggression was first codified in the Nuremberg Principles and then finally, in 1974, as a United Nations resolution 3314.
Brief Cloud Biography


Your Challenge: Write a new narrative poem on a glorious, inglorious, or mixed conquest.


21 comments:

  1. thanks for the wonderful theme today Susan...enjoyed much :)

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  2. Thank you for another epic theme - I am not sure we hit the narrative criteria but we do like a good story

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    1. You and Alice tell some good ones, Jae!

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    2. But do our noses reach our toesies ;)

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    3. I agree with MM Teacher. And I don't know the answer to your smiling question. But if there are criteria today, you have met them.

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    4. Thank you Susan - and truthful in the things that count! And have a terrible poker face

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  3. I attempted a ghazal, and am posting it, however mal-formed. I am enjoying today's poems. I feel the hearts beating in each. Write on!

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  4. Thanks for the prompt, Susan. Perhaps mine is a little obvious this week.

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  5. A prompt that offers great scope, but I kept it light this week.......thanks, Susan. Looking forward to some good reads today.

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    1. Your lightness is still a deep clue to living.

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  6. Hey everyone,

    Hope you guys are having an amazing day so far, I am fashionably late to the party 💜 sharing my poem 'Conquest' hope you all like it 💜

    Thank you Susan, as ever for your continued inspiration :D


    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. You are very welcome, Sanaa. Sending love to you, too.

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  7. Thanks you, Susan. I don't get serious all that often, but this prompt prompted me to write a serious poem....
    The story that follows is all fictional...
    Thanks :)

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    1. Thank you, Panchali. I love it when prompts lead us to surprises. This is amazing fiction.

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  8. Hello everyone, it's month end, and my health is getting worse, as this poem will narrate. There are times, just wish I would die, in my sleep and end this constant deterioration of my health.

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    1. I pray for your recovery, dear Theresa. The power of your writing does not abate even on most difficult this last day of the month.

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  9. Good Wednesday everyone, didn't plan it, it just fell into place. Started posting on the 54 anniversary of T&T Independence, ended up inclusive of 'conquest'

    much love...

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  10. Yikes! I put my link in the wrong place. Sorry about that!

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