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Stone Mountain Must Die

Stone Mountain should die today.
Tomorrow would be fine.
But that raft of traitors eulogized, defaced
Would remedy an abuse of time.

The betrayers that love it still
Are awash from the American current.
The tattoo of turncoats on that hill
Long abuse our country's spirit.

Stone Mountain must die fast and sound
By dynamite, acid, or hammer.
That sad rock knows its whole bestrewn
Will solve shame to God that raised it.

It was granite first, bigoted statement second
An emblem of lawless, unresolved Reconstruction.
The stone cries out: Fuel the worst in men?
Release me now, come fast my full destruction.


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  1. Date: 12/20/2010 9:14:00 AM

    Congratulations John on your worthy poem's honored place. Agape, Moses
  1. Date: 12/1/2010 5:22:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in the big contest.Sara
  1. Date: 11/25/2010 3:35:00 AM

    John - Many congrats on winning coveted spot in Soup Contest..... Happy Thanksgiving.... Luv & Best wishes.....Hitendra Mehta
  1. Date: 11/23/2010 6:11:00 PM

    A very strong statement you are making with your poetry. I love the analogy to the Stone Mountain. Congrats on your fine win. Luv, Andrea
  1. Date: 11/23/2010 10:41:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in The PoetrySoup International Contest with your amazing poetry John. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 11/23/2010 8:22:00 AM

    I imagined I climbed the Stone Mountains while in the waley,on the river my fire horses were running...and stone hearts were rolling down in the light`s hand to become flesh... Magic images in style of Anton Hebern`s Passacaglia`s reverberations arises from your verses.Congrat.
  1. Date: 11/22/2010 10:20:00 PM

    Warmest congratulations, loved your poem it made for a great read, Anna-Marie.
  1. Date: 11/22/2010 10:10:00 PM

    Congrats for being among the winners, Cheers i take inspiration from you cheers suresh
  1. Date: 11/10/2010 9:51:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round of the Poetrysoup site contest John. The best to you in the finals. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 9/9/2010 3:52:00 PM

    Congradulations on having your poem featured John, I am pleased to have read this, enjoyed, and best wishes to your upcoming days..P.D.
  1. Date: 9/7/2010 10:03:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week John D. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 5/21/2010 5:40:00 AM

    This "Stone Mountain" poem is excellent. Welcome to Poetry Soup and keep writing. Blessings, Joseph

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