Subject: The Two Shots Heard 'Round the World
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Mon June 28, 1999 at 4:54PM

The Two Shots Heard 'Round the World


On this day in nineteen hundred and fourteen
An eighteen-year-old student became the pin
Which, eventually, caused the world to go to war
Attempting to right the wrongs and settle scores

For Gavrio Prinzip, a Serbian from Herzogovina
Fired shots in the square at Sarajevo in Bosnia
Killing outright, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria
Along with his wife, the Duchess, also lost there

One shot hit the Archduke in the jugular vein ...
The other hit his wife's abdomen, causing pain
Both, declared dead upon arrival at the palace
Where they were taken, after this act of malice

An earlier attempt upon their lives had been fielded
When a bomb, by another Serbian, was wielded ...
Thrown at their car as they proceeded to the Town Hall
Intending to deliver an address to Bosnians all ...

But the Archduke saw it and brushed it aside
Where it fell to the ground, and then did glide
Under the car of the Archduke's aide de camp
Exploding and causing injuries to the man ...

As well as Count von Boos-Waldeck and others
(Mostly passers-by, hit by splinters and uncovered)
Another, similar bomb, was found later, nearby ...
Probably to be used if needed, after the earlier tries

But the second attempt on their lives proved deadly
And so ... all of Europe threw up their arms, readily
For the United Nations was not in existence at all, then
And the world went to war over this tragedy, now forgotten ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
3:10pm Monday, June 29th, 1999