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Tragedy in France - Rime Couee

A concert hall was filled to capacity,
with revelers unaware of the atrocity,
they were about to face.
Evil dressed in black, intent to kill,
aimed their weapons with precise skill,
and fired into that place.

A favored cafe on a Paris street,
where friends, loved ones oft would meet,
drinking their cafe au lait.
Assassins came and took their position,
to kill and terrorize their intention,
on that tragic day.

Chaos ran rampant in Paris, France,
as ISIS took its murderous stance,
against humanity.
Many were wounded and many died,
and all the world was horrified,
at such insanity.

Anger rises alongside mourning.
Retaliation swift, without warning,
the French fight back.
The world must stand up to these thugs,
destroy them, squash them just like bugs.
We can't be slack.

We mourn with France for those who died,
and we will stand close by her side,
until we win,
this war against cruelty and hate.
Annihilation will not be our fate.
We won't give in.

For Debbie Guzzi's Rime Couee-tail-rhyme for France contest

Copyright © Kim Merryman


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  1. Date: 11/29/2015 11:55:00 PM

    Such a very well expressed poem Kim, and a topic close to my heart! Loved this. A7
  1. Date: 11/29/2015 5:10:00 AM

    "Anger rises alongside mourning. Retaliation swift, without warning, the French fight back. The world must stand up to these thugs, destroy them, squash them just like bugs. We can't be slack..." "Annihilation will not be our fate. We won't give in." ISIS, do you listen? Thoughtful composition! Love it, Kim.
  1. Date: 11/28/2015 10:33:00 AM

    Kim, your poem is amazing. So emotionally expressed and comprehensive of the horror experienced. I feel yours will be high on the winner's list! Hugs, Sandra
  1. Date: 11/27/2015 7:59:00 PM

    Excellent Kim! I hope to see this on the winner's list!
  1. Date: 11/27/2015 6:10:00 PM

    Dear Kim Love the rough edge of your poem, we must stand up to these international bullies, your right on the mark on this one, you tell it straight and right to the point of the matter, again bravo on your work, cheri
  1. Date: 11/27/2015 6:03:00 PM

    Kim, so well written on such a sad event, you captured the horror of it, 7, and best of luck in the contest, and I want to thank you for my wonderful win in your Pleiades contest, I am honored and thank you for all your visits to my poetry ~
  1. Date: 11/27/2015 3:13:00 PM

    Well done, Kim. I wish you luck in this difficult contest. Hope you had a lovely thanksgiving. Just popping in for a short time to see some of my favorite poets!
  1. Date: 11/27/2015 12:33:00 PM

    stirring me to choose peace than terror... a most vivid write done withe heartfelt words,kim... huggs
  1. Date: 11/27/2015 5:53:00 AM

    Reads like a winner..As we kill off those who are trained to do these deeds, they start more from the cradle to continue in the footsteps of evil..Sad situation..Great work about the situation..Soon He is coming to take His own out of this world of terror..Thanks for the visit to say congrats..Sara
  1. Date: 11/27/2015 4:37:00 AM

    You're doing great with the difficult form here Kim, I see a winner, have a great day, x
  1. Date: 11/25/2015 10:16:00 PM

    Great poem expressing a strong spirit and unyielding courage against pure evil. Super 7 my friend..
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 2:09:00 PM

    - Amen - Let peace and love win over hate and evil ! - (7) - Luck in contest, dear Kim - A first class writing - hugs // Anne-Lise :)