Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Poem on the Boston Tea Party

Silence Dogood

In port cities we sons had gathered,
Several ship captains we threatened and battered,
Some colonists still said they would pay
And merchants especially refused to obey.

In other colonies they had success,
No tea was unpacked, to their happiness,
But here in Boston the Governor refused,
The ships could not sail back by the ocean so blue.

As savages, we dressed at night,
No one would recognize us by sight,
342 packages of tea we threw,
and across the midnight sky they flew

We were defending our pride,
So we could show confidence with every stride
Some still tried to steal
So they could have tea with their meal

We managed to capture some
So we beat them along their way home
We tried to ruin all the tea
However, some managed to steal and flee

Into the sea the tea leaves landed,
And thus we had parted after banding:
We swept up the floors,
And then, opened our house doors.

At home we slept,
Our secret well-kept,
The British were not told,
We were not betrayed or sold.

1 comment:

ClappityClap said...

In this poem, Silence Dogood (aka Benjamin Franklin) does a good job of telling, in a first-person's point of view, the colonists view of the event. Of course, the British thought differently of this act.
I can picture that night from this poem. People cheering as each tea crate was thrown away. The stars gleaming as the 'savages' yelled, hollered, and stole away into the night. What i wonder is how they managed to do all this without even being betrayed. Through history, this has happened in various ways and places. Maybe they bribed anyone they didn't trust, or maybe the American spirit was present in EVERY SINGLE colonist (including the Torys).