No Woman No Cry: The Illiad of Homer

No woman, no cry...
Adam got into trouble
because of Eve,
because of Eve,

who gave him
the forbidden fruit.
the forbidden fruit.

Adam ate the fruit
and lost his place
and lost his place
in the garden
in the garden,

No woman, no cry...
Delilah killed Samson.
The Philistines could not match Samson's strength in battle;
They paid Delilah
who revealed his secrets
to them.

No woman, no cry...
Helen of Troy
the Trojan War
the Trojan War.

Prince Paris stole Helen of Troy
and ran away.
King Menelaus of Sparta, was broken-hearted when his wife, Helen, was stolen.
His brother,  King Agamemnon,
rallied his allies and went to war against Troy.

ten years of battle,
ten years of battle,
 the war ended
 with many casualties:
with many casualties.

Achilles did not survive thje war.
Patroclus did not survive the war,
Hector did not survive the war.
King Agamemnon did not survive the war.

Even King Agamemnon who returned from the war
was assassinated
 in his own palace,
in his own palace,
 his wife's lovers,
his wife's lovers.

No woman, no cry.
 the legendary Bob Marley,
the legendary Bob Marley.

No woman, no cry.
Lady Macbeth ridiculed Macbeth
until he summed up courage
to murder King Duncan,
to murder King Duncan.

Scientist Vanunu,
 was lured out of a hotel by an actress;
he was caught by the Israelites, after revealing military secrets.

Gary  Hart wanted to become president of God's Own Country,
but a woman
but a woman
trapped him...
and he gave up
the pursuit...

No woman, no cry...
Sanni Abacha of Nigeria
ate the poisoned apples of women
and paid the price
and paid the price.

No woman, no cry,
sang the legendary
sang the legendary
Bob Marley.

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If there were no woman, there would have been no cry.

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Written on May 13, 2023

Submitted by Chinonyeisraeluche on May 13, 2023

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Scheme AbCC dEE eFFGGHH Agbijx AkxLL kxgxk hBBmNN llll lmOOaPP AxQQ AxxGG rroj qGGdxe AigSS AQQq
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,727
Words 363
Stanzas 15
Stanza Lengths 4, 3, 7, 6, 5, 5, 6, 4, 7, 4, 5, 4, 6, 5, 4

Israel Chinonye Uche

Date of Birth: 18/9/57 Nigerian; Igbo BA(Hons) 1982,Theatre Arts, University of Calabar; PGDE, 1987,University of Nigeria, Nssuka Secondary School teacher( retired). Author and publisher more…

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