Famous Last Words

The world is burning around me.
This is not my finest hour.

I have no prayer of winning,
but that doesn’t mean I won’t try.

If my sword should fail,
I still have my teeth.

If my teeth break,
let it be in your throat.

I may not win,
but then again, neither might you.

Song Choice: As this was part of the inspiration for the Toad's Challenge, Carmina Burana

This prompt is part of Imaginary Gardens With Real Toad's Flash 55 Prompt. Go and enjoy more poetry at their site. 

32 comments:

  1. Chomp! Chomp!! Chomp!!!

    I'm totally with this speaker. If we are going to lose anyway, might as well rid the world of as much nasty as possible.

    This made me giggle. Gracias!

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    1. Almost forgot, I think Poe would really approve the speaker's teeth action. ;-D

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    2. I'm glad that we both have the same grim sort of sense of humor. :D I can hear the protagonist of the poem laugh as well at the thought of teeth so well utilized.

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  2. I laughed with fellow-feeling – but then I thought again about the title. Hmm, perhaps more wry than triumphant?

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    1. Probably more wry. Though with this kind of determination, anything is possible isn't it?

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  3. If we must lose, let us fight any way. Weapon or teeth, let us chose to not surrender. Great 55!

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    1. I'll raise a toast to that! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. Alas, too many fights end with both losing. But I guess there are those cases when we have to stand our ground.

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    1. Yes, that's an all too sad fact in this world. I think a good question to ask oneself is "Is this the hill I want to die on?" Most times the answer is no. But every once in awhile, it's yes.

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  5. Each couplet contains a wealth of inference and they follow on so well from each other too.

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy with the way the structure of this turned out as well.

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  6. Love the fierceness of this--and adversity makes us fierce, or forgotten. My favorite line is 'If my teeth break/let it be in your throat.' I am totally down with that. The rest of the poem is equally strong and equally true to its warrior self. A complete pleasure to read.

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    1. True, we have a choice when adversity hits us and coming back with everything you have,while it may not assure you victory, at least gives you a small chance at it. And that's worth something.

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  7. Love! Teeth and throat and the voiceless voiced. I would renounce non-violence for a moment if I could thus save the world. Crunch!

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    1. I'm a fan of talking things out first as well. But there are some things, like my children for instance, that bring out the fighter in me.

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  8. Love the ferocity! That was one magnificent roar, Rommy!

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  9. Rommy, this has a very personal feel to it for me. I've taken a bite or two out of "life" lately.......thanks for a very big grin. This is delightfully hard edged. Oma Linda

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes those big bites are what are needed. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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  10. These are some kick-ass couplets, lady.

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    1. Those couplets are certainly ready to bring the ass kicking!

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  11. I would hate to wrestle you for the beer :-)
    ZQ

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    1. I do love a well crafted beer! :D

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  12. satisfyingly grim and tough-minded ~

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  13. I appreciate the determination/persistence - well done!

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  14. Fair warning has been issued. Powerful.

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  15. Definitely more than fair warning has! Thanks for stopping by.

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