AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Ken Coleman, iLloyd Lofthouse, iP Lewis, iNicholas Coe, iKeith Dyne, ikaren leung, iG M (Jerry) Roberts, i

  Home > History > Poetry
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

John Howard Reid

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 481 Titles
· 270 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Feb, 2008

John Howard Reid, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Miles To Go
by Gracie McKeever

A sensitive but explicit character portrait of one persevering young couple facing the difficulties of surviving teen romance and sexuality while coming of age amidst an ..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Another Favorite Poem from Across the Long Bridge
by John Howard Reid
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Rated "PG" by the Author.
Share   Print  Save   Follow
Recent poems by John Howard Reid
•  ROSALIA de CASTRO The Old Road Del antiguo camino
•  HAPPINESS by Rosalia de Castro
•  Restless Thoughts by Rosalia de Castro
•  The Two Doves by Rosalia de Castro
•  Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
           >> View all 155

Another of my favorite poems, selected from the 120 winning and commended entries to The Tom Howard Poetry Contest, included in the anthology, "Across the Long Bridge", is "Heartstop: A Poem on the Passing of Leni Riefenstahl" by John B. Lee. I loved this entry so much, it induced me to write my own Riefenstahl poem, which is here published for the first time.


Riefenstahl and the Men from Hell

by John Howard Reid

 

Come the seasons, lay the scores of war,

the Jekylled faces hiding in the arms

of silken candor and romantic might,

where dreams are perjured on stakes

of madness, disguised as patriotic ideals.

 

Where Romance rises like the Teuton knights

and grinning gardens hide their gleeful

graces at respites from the rites of war

while lonely Leni dances bright with the

fixated Fuehrer and his mike-minded Minister.

 

What hints of charm disarm Miss Reifenstahl

as quavering voices tingle in the wind,

as deep desires masked by passions

of conquest are softly spun on a sluice

of autumn breeze, on her final flower of Fall?

 

Regretful of repentant charms, unmoved

by conscience or their daily dallying

with dreams of fulfilment in the arms

of lithe, speak-lively Leni, Goebbels

and Fuehrer rage, ransack, murder, rape!

  

Thus Leni herself becomes an object of scorn,

a treasure of silver transmuted to clay,

her friends the enemies of all who think free,

her ideals dust, her talents misspent,

dreams are nightmares, her soul misplaced.

 

Poetry Contests

Want to review or comment on this poem?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Popular Poetry (History)
  1.  with no wavering or fear...
  2.  Warrior
  3.  Peace is Prevalent
  4.  Post Mortem Thoughts
  5.  Christmas (hope)
  6.  Wyandotte

The Graveyard of the Pacific by Anthony Dalton

A collection of stories about shipwrecks along the west coast of Vancouver Island and Juan de Fuca Strait...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.