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Charismatic Despots
by Annabel Sheila

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Tomorrow is Remembrance Day here in Canada...and I can't help but think about the brave men and women who've always stood up against despots since the beginning of our volatile human history....we haven't learned anything from all of the battles we've ever fought would think we should have learned by now there must be another way......


They have left deep scars upon humanity…
Myriads of human spirits that cried out in agony
From shadowy places where nightmares
Became appalling realities!
Soulless, they ruthlessly destroyed …
Devoid of even the remotest hint
Of human decency and compassion,
Their empty, cruel hearts cold as ice!
Some of them small in stature,
All of them evil incarnate
They unleashed upon the earth
Unspeakable misery and profound fear!
Throughout the centuries they kept coming…
And one by one they gathered followers,
Armies to carry them into glory…
Sacrificial lambs for their massive egos!
It’s the future now, but nothing has changed
The charismatic despots keep on coming
Only now they’re far more adept at disguise!
They look just like you and me.
And most of the time we don’t even know…
When they’re standing right next to us!

© Annabel Sheila

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 12/13/2011
Nail on the proverbial head! Patrick
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 11/11/2011
A spiritually mature, powerful poem, Anna. The final line wraps up so well the entire message ~
Reviewed by Andy Turner 11/11/2011
Brilliant. I was just showing mum pictures of great uncle Oliver who was killed oct 13 1915.
I'm glad to hear you still respect poppy day. 11 nov.

One day we wil realise that life is short and it's up us to change this volatile world.
Top going!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/11/2011
Itís the future now, but nothing has changed
The charismatic despots keep on coming

How so sadly true.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/11/2011
It is an all too sad fact of this world that as long as we exist there will be good and evil. I often shake my head in wonder at those who claim we should not have a military and the US should stay out of International affairs but I wonder just how long it would be before the evil took over from the good completly. Great write Anna lots to think about.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 11/10/2011
So how are we to recognize these in disguise, tell me that...e
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 11/10/2011
That is true especially in New York City. I understand Toronto has the same problem. Awesome writing as always, Annabel.
Reviewed by Joy Hale 11/10/2011
The wording and phrasing of this poem are awesomely detailed. Your message, so timely right now, is written with skill and accuracy. A work to be read over again to fully savor. I love the line "sacrificial lambs for their massive ego's"; that says it all! A profound offering, Anna.

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Laura Fall 11/10/2011
Truly a deeply moving poem well done so amazingly Laura
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 11/10/2011
THIS is a poem I will save, Anna. You have bravely outlined and given the world a truth that many dare not tread upon. I'm reading a book about despots of all kinds and the name of it is, "Cosette: The Sequel to Les Miserables," by Laura Kalpakian. If you haven't read it I would suggest that you do. Very, very good book that points out dramatically what this wonderful poem is all about.

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