Sunday, April 02, 2023

NPM 2023 - Poem 2

My poem for Day 2 of National Poetry Month is written to John Wilkes Booth's calling card. You can read more about it on the Pieces of History blog.

April 14, 1865

in the afternoon
he played the gentleman 
observed the niceties of the day
before he played America's Brutus
felling The Great Emancipator

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2023. All rights reserved.

I hope you'll join me tomorrow for my next poem highlighting a piece of history. You can read the previous poems as images on Instagram or at the links below. Each one is listed according to the primary source that inspired it.

April 1 - Sketch map of White Oak Swamp and vicinity southeast of Richmond.]; 6/1862; Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Record Group 77.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh -- he "played the gentleman" indeed. Even without adding his name by tying him to Brutus, we get the brutal assassination and broken faith themes, loud and clear.