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Below is the poem entitled Guillotine which was written by poet John Smith. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Robespierre, Danton and all of those 
crazy French revolution 'heroes' 
had thousands guillotined  
by La Machine that gleaned 
heads; then 'offed' their own midst their wild throes.

Copyright © John Smith

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  1. Date: 12/23/2011 9:27:00 AM
    LOL, witty write, John

  1. Date: 12/23/2011 5:56:00 AM
    wonderful history lesson, powerful limerick, harry

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 8:09:00 PM
    The French word "machine" is feminine by gender; so it really should be "La Machine". This limerick describes well that infamous executioner's gadget that was named after its inventor. The great French chemist Antoine Lavoisier did not deserve to be executed this way.

  1. Date: 12/13/2011 6:39:00 AM
    you make a good point with this image - heroes can be and usually are, killers too. i like the scene you paint without even trying too - of heads rolling away while the "heroes" heckle them and laugh.

  1. Date: 12/10/2011 7:48:00 AM
    Good one, John. You are letting your Parisian muse take hold again!! Thanks for all the swell comments on my poems today. I appreciate that you read them. You have become a really good friend of mine here. Have a lovely weekend!