A to Z Challenge Poetry

#eXemplum: Greed #atozchallenge

There once was a man in his ivory tower
For whom ruling the world gave ultimate power

Laws of the land, he felt no need to abide
Bombing other countries, he did with utmost pride

He made deals with corporates and gave jobs to the boys
Treating lives of downtrodden as if they were toys

He lived a life of luxury with mansions a-few
Each of his places having a million-dollar view

He ran his country with no acknowledgement of fact
Fairness and empathy were qualities he lacked

His greed for power led him to make up false news
His position as leader he continued to abuse

The rest of the world could finally take no more
Together they joined forces, and started a war

Through gunfire and bombs, nuclear weapons and gas
They finally got him but also innocents en masse

(c) Sanch Vee @ Sanch Writes (28 April 2017)


In spite of my hardest efforts, I was unable to find a poetry form starting with the letter ‘X’. So I tried to extend this by looking for forms with an ‘EX’. Through my searches, I finally found Exemplum. However, it is not a poetic form but rather, is a literary term. I adapted it to make it into a poetry form. An Exemplum is just Latin for ‘example’. It’s an example, story, or anecdote used to demonstrate a point. When writing a moral exemplum {which is what I’ve done}, a writer must choose a moral theme, think about the consequences of that theme and then write the poem or story with a beginning, middle and end. The beginning introduces the character or settings, the middle shows the moral conflict and the end must show the consequences of that conflict. 

This has been written for the 2017 A to Z Challenge

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  • Cheryl Sterling
    28 April 2017 at 6:41 am

    Sadly, this is the state of America today. Thousands pray we will not go to war.
    Thank you for your poem and the clever way you used the letter “X”.

  • Sreesha
    28 April 2017 at 2:14 pm

    You know, this could become reality soon. I had a certain orange-faced numbnut on my mind as I read it, and with him, you can never say, war could just be around the corner.

    • Sanch, the writer
      29 April 2017 at 5:01 am

      Hehe I had the similar person while creating this piece

  • Ramya Rao
    28 April 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Wow! This is a beautiful ezemplum. Brilliantly penned and very nicely rhymed.

  • Shilpa Garg
    28 April 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Ah! X is a tricky one and it has made us all sweat. But you did a great job with this poem.

  • Jacqui
    29 April 2017 at 12:48 am

    Good poem. Were you thinking of North Korea? Or just that sort of despot?

    • Sanch, the writer
      29 April 2017 at 5:00 am

      Thank you…nope, I was thinking of someone in the western world. The ivory tower was the hint. 🙂 Thanks for your comments so far Jacqui; I’ve been away and will be catching up on your posts this weekend

  • Modern Gypsy
    29 April 2017 at 1:52 am

    I was thinking of Trump as I read this. I wonder if you were thinking of him too? Though it could be any number of despots, past and present.

    • Sanch, the writer
      29 April 2017 at 4:59 am

      Yes I was picturing him while writing this — ivory tower was the subtle hint along with false news