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Michael Collins 1890 - 1922

England's track record on how they tried to hang on their dwindling empire is abysmal, atrocities and massacres were carried out

with impunity, cover ups were commonplace and enquiries held behind doors were a complete waste of time with perpetrators found not guilty of any wrongdoings.
 
Concentation camps, looting, rape, torture, destruction of property and murder of men, women and children.
(I thought I was reading about the Nazis researching this one.)
 
South Africa (Boers) 1902
Tibet (Shenko massacre) 1904
Ireland (North St massacre) 1916
India (Gujranwala massacre) 1919
India (Amritsar massacre) 1919
Ireland (Croke park massacre) 1920
China (Shaji massacre) 1925
Greece(Athens massacre) 1944
Kenya (Mau Mau uprising) 1960.
Ireland (Bloody Sunday ) 1972
 
Some wounds never heal, I know many countries do not welcome English people because of England's brutal past.
It has often been said that empires come and go And from the beginning of time that has been so Empires ruled with terror with an iron fist Taking brutal action against those, who tried to resist. On the sixteenth of October in the year eighteen ninety Michael Collins was born near the town of Clonakilty He went on to become leader of the Irish Republican army And whose leadership and guidance, helped set Ireland free. In his youth he travelled to London, to try and find work And for nine years he worked, at the post office as a clerk He took an interest in, the Irish political scene And he later moved back to Ireland in nineteen sixteen. It was in nineteen sixteen on a cold wet Easter monday That the struggle for Irelands freedom was getting underway Many Irish nationalists decided, that they wanted to be Self governing and from Britain's empire, be free. Heavily outnumbered and outgunned the uprising failed The British crushed the rebellion and they had prevailed The ringleaders were all arrested and sentenced to death As a grave warning to others, but it wasn't over yet. Low ranking rebels were interned but were eventually freed But executions by the British had planted a growing seed Armed rebel units started forming all over Ireland Determined they all were, to make a final stand. Collins took part in the first uprising, and he had survived Became head of the rebel army and a thorn in Britains side He waged a successful guerilla war against the British army In big cities and towns and out in the country. The British relied on informers and had a network of spies And often foiled rebel attempts, taking them by surprise But Collins got wise to it and and kept one step ahead He infuriated the British authorities who wanted him dead. The British then brought over spies to carry out assassinations And on their death list were prominent republicans Nicknamed the' Cairo gang' because they'd often meet At the popular Cafe Cairo in Dublins Grafton Street. They were state sponsored killers working for the crown Their sole objective was, to take prominent rebels down Collins made sure they never got the chance to assassinate Because those assassins themselves were about to meet their fate. A republican spy in Dublin Castle let the rebels know Where the spies lived so that they'd know where to go Collins organised hit squads to shoot them all dead On a cold wet winters morning, many were still in bed. The British were infuriated and they wanted revenge And vowed that their spies deaths, they would avenge Innocent civilians were targeted, and at Croke Park were shot dead Ten men, three children and a young girl due to be wed. More bloodshed then followed with both sides paying the cost As the death toll grew higher with many lives lost In nineteen twenty one, peace was about to impend And a truce was agreed that brought fighting to an end. Collins and a delegation went to London, to sign a treaty But it wasnt what he wanted, but was forced to agree The British kept six counties out of thirty two It didn't please many republicans, and a civil war did ensue. In August of that same year Collins, was travelling to Cork City Saying anti treaty rebels wouldn't shoot him in his home county His convoy was ambushed and he took a shot to the head The war of independence hero, now lay on the ground dead. Written on 21st November 2020.

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Date: 12/22/2020 12:50:00 PM
None is innocent in times of war. This was EPIC in both its content and its linguistics. I enjoyed it very much.
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Date: 12/22/2020 1:07:00 PM
Thank you very much Rob, its always the innocent bystanders that get caught in the crossfire of any conflict, and reprisals and revenge attacks carried out on both sides, there are never any winners. Tom
Date: 12/13/2020 4:45:00 PM
Congrats on POTD and opening my eyes Tom!
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Date: 12/14/2020 12:09:00 AM
Thank you very much Caren, you should Google Irelands war of independence, the British forces were worse than animals and burnt down houses and carried out many atrocities. Collins found out they were bringing in assassins and beat them to it, not just in Ireland though, see in the notes about other atrocities they commited. Tom
Date: 12/4/2020 5:18:00 PM
A Patriot for his Country Tom. True courage and a true David and Goliath story. Thanks for sharing and a congratulations on POTD.
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Date: 12/4/2020 5:38:00 PM
Thank you very much Michael, he's certainly a hero of Irelands war of independence. Hope you well. Tom
Date: 12/3/2020 7:07:00 AM
A great story of a freedom fighter!! never knew about him till I read this! very educational! well done! Congrats on POTD!
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Date: 12/3/2020 9:38:00 AM
Thank you Krish, the dwindling British empire was dying and they tried everything to hang on to the few strands that were left using brute force, not just Ireland but Kenya, India and South Africa. They met their match with Collins, he kept one step ahead and they tried to assassinate him bringing in lowlifes to do it, but he found out and beat them to it fighting fire with fire. Tom
Date: 12/2/2020 10:53:00 AM
Your poem is informative and so well written Tom. He was a celebrated hero of Ireland. Congratulations on your deserving honor of POTD. My younger brothers name is Michael Collins. Blessings xxoo
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Date: 12/2/2020 1:15:00 PM
Thank you very much Connie, it was a shame he didnt live to see his vision come true, he was indeed a true hero of Ireland. I hope you are well. Tom
Date: 12/1/2020 10:00:00 AM
Well I have learnt something from your write Tom, I knew British wasn't liked much but had no idea of their brutality. Wish I had paid more attention to my history lessons. Brilliant write again Tom and congratulations on your well deserved POTD honour (still think you should write books lol) Emilia : )
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Date: 12/1/2020 12:14:00 PM
Thank you Emilia, some of the things they done in other countries were really bad. They were as bad as the Nazis, I couldn't believe what I was reading. Of course it all gets swept under the carpet, Australia is in the firing line for committing atrocities, killing farmers then putting guns by the bodies. Its a sad world we live in. Tom
Date: 11/30/2020 6:11:00 PM
Great write Tom, showing lovely rhyme and flow throughout. History is such an important subject to learn from, I think there was a movie about Collins many years ago. Blessings always,Gordon
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Date: 11/30/2020 8:24:00 PM
Thank you very much Gordon, yes I remember seeing that film, liam Neeson was in it as Collins, hope you're well. Tom
Date: 11/28/2020 2:27:00 AM
Congratulations, Tom. Human history has so much tragedy. Stellar write. ~
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Date: 11/28/2020 3:16:00 AM
Thank you very much Regina, sadly great injustices carry on even to this day. Tom
Date: 11/27/2020 9:25:00 PM
G’day Tom … history certainly has had its share of bloodshed. A very interesting write on empire control - thanks Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 11/28/2020 3:17:00 AM
Thank you very much Lindsay, even today it goes on especially in the middle east. Tom
Date: 11/27/2020 7:55:00 PM
Love your history writes... you tell a good story in poetic form... great choice for a potd... congratulations! hugs
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Date: 11/28/2020 3:16:00 AM
Thank you very much Sandra, hope you are well. Tom
Date: 11/27/2020 4:18:00 PM
Most informative and very well written Tom, you must have put hours of work into this, the research and poetry. A well deserved poem of the day... Belle
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Date: 11/29/2020 6:58:00 AM
Thank you very much Belle, it did take me a while but I always strive to be accurate, dates, places etc. Tom
Date: 11/27/2020 1:02:00 PM
My belated congrats your POTD.
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Date: 11/27/2020 1:17:00 PM
Thank you very much Victor for your return visit and congrats, hope you have a lovely weekend . Tom
Date: 11/27/2020 7:44:00 AM
Hi Tom, I'm just coming back to say congrats on getting the poem of the day. Enjoy the rest of your day:-) Alexis
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Date: 11/27/2020 10:14:00 AM
Thank you very much for your return visit Alexis, hope you had a great day with your family. Tom
Date: 11/27/2020 7:19:00 AM
This is a incredible write. Congrats on your POTD :) God bless you
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Date: 11/27/2020 10:13:00 AM
Thank you very much Regina, im glad you liked it. Hope you had a great day yesterday. Tom
Date: 11/27/2020 6:02:00 AM
Great choice for POTD Tom..
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Date: 11/27/2020 6:06:00 AM
Thanks SO for your return visit, hope you are well. Temperatures dropping down here. Brrr. Enjoy the weekend. Tom
Date: 11/27/2020 2:09:00 AM
- Congratulations on your p.o.t.d., Tom :) - (I was not on soup yesterday) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 11/27/2020 2:34:00 AM
Thank you very much Anne, hope you're well. Tom
Date: 11/27/2020 1:29:00 AM
Your love of history is so evident in this well-researched and carefully penned gem, Tom. Big congrats for your worthy POTD ~ John
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Date: 11/27/2020 1:41:00 AM
Thank you very much John, I do love composing historical poems, they do take a while to compose as dates and other facts have to be spot on. Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving with your family. Tom
Date: 11/26/2020 9:03:00 PM
Dear Tom, your poetic pen shines in your masterful storytelling. A brilliant historical account that's amazing in both content and rhymes. Congratulations for your wonderful recognition with POTD honors. A very worthy choice! Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Date: 11/27/2020 1:39:00 AM
Thank you very much Susan. Im pleased that you enjoyed it. Hope you had a lovely thanksgiving. Hope you're well. Tom
Date: 11/26/2020 6:14:00 PM
History and Poetry collide. You have expressed these moments so vividly. Congratulations Tom, on Poem of the Day. I hope you are doing well. My best to you. ~ Brandy
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Date: 11/27/2020 1:38:00 AM
Thank you very much Brandy Im glad you enjoyed it. Hope you had a great day yesterday. Tom
Date: 11/26/2020 4:59:00 PM
congrats on your POTD, Tom. Chock full of facts written with poetic style! I saw a movie long ago about the atrocities toward Ireland. Can't think of its name now, but wow, so many people have died fighting for just causes.
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Date: 11/27/2020 1:37:00 AM
Thank you very much Andrea, all the irish wanted was freedom and their country back, the British carried out many atrocities to hang on to one of their last bits of their dwindling empire. Those horrific facts are well documented in many books not just those written by Irish writers. Tom
Date: 11/26/2020 4:48:00 PM
Cracking poem, congratulations on POTD.and top of the morning to you. Simon.:)
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Date: 11/27/2020 1:34:00 AM
Lol, thanks very much Simon. Glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 11/26/2020 3:15:00 PM
A very fine, well-written piece of work. Congratulations on POTD!
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Date: 11/26/2020 3:36:00 PM
Thank you very much Milton, I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 11/26/2020 11:24:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD win. WOW!!! What a wonderful story/write. You missed your calling as a teacher but you sure made your calling as a writer. Enjoy your win and day.................
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Date: 11/26/2020 12:21:00 PM
Thank you very much Paula, im happy you enjoyed it. Hope you're well. Tom
Date: 11/26/2020 11:17:00 AM
I have heard his name, Tom, but never knew much else about his story. You told it quite well. Great piece for POTD.
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Date: 11/26/2020 12:03:00 PM
Thank you very much Jim, im glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 11/26/2020 11:14:00 AM
Back with congratulations on your POTD Tom! So grateful for our hard won freedoms here on the shores of the pond and across the pond! Blessings! Over Fork Over!
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Date: 11/26/2020 11:57:00 AM
Thank you very much for your return visit Sam. Hope your having a great thanksgiving. Over Fork Over. Tom
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