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You demanded they remember you,
Peacemaker in a bloody green.

And certainly those jewels did belong to the nation,
But north of Bogota it was your world.

Mountains cloaked in jungle
Whispered a conspiracy of forbidden wealth.

You would not share it. Your mind an only child’s. 
No compromise. You fought off

Conscience with hired guns, boys
From the district who loved you to death.

A favourite uncle, you slipped wads of pesos
To the cops and your politicos. Serrucho.

The final account showed thousands slaughtered
And your blushing bank... gratified. Not faltering

You arranged the verdict on yourself thus:
Diplomat, local hero, father to orphans.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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  1. Date: 11/12/2016 7:16:00 AM
    Good one James, Welcome to Poetry soup, I hope you enjoy the community. Here, you will find friendly poets who enjoy supporting one another. I myself, enjoy reading and commenting those who want to be read. The only time I give constructive criticism is when a poet desires it. However, if for some reason the poem is not my field I will guide you to someone who is more qualified than I. Stop by and read one of my poems if you like. My poems are not perfect, but I have a feeling you might like one. I encourage you to check out the contest page and read to receive comments. Tell me a little about your poetic skills if you like. It will be my pleasure to follow and read every poem you post from here on :) We are Lucky To Have you. Your New Poet Friend @-> LINDA <-@

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    Date: 12/20/2016 7:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    THANKS for this Linda. I'd like to know what the poets on this site thought of my effort.JS