Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Tuesday Poetics: “Dramatic Monologues” (posted by Kim)
The challenge is to write a modern dramatic monologue about a plot to do away with someone (or something). You don’t have to write twelve stanzas, but I do ask that you emulate the form as closely as possible with regard to the rhyme scheme and metre. You can write from the point of view of a historical figure, such as Nero, a notorious poisoner, or a more modern non-fictional murderer; you might choose a fictional character or make up one of your own.
Now is the time to put weapons away;
let us look ahead to a brighter day.
There are countless people who kill out of rage,
and are armed with guns. Would it not be sage
to accept that connection? We are not
still living in wild west times. There is a blot
on humanity, red and growing,
a stain that creeps, an ill wind blowing.
Stop stockpiling nuclear bombs.
Stop answering those call to arms.
With our abundance of ego-mad leaders,
what future will come of history’s repeaters?