(M)onthly(I)ndependent(B)ook(P)roject: Unbroken- December #1



By Laura Hillenbrand


The Beginning.


A boy came across a long road.

One road that submerged into two seperate roads.

One leading to a mountain and the other to a valley

full of desolate despare.

The boy walked on the path to the valley, curiosity controlling him.

With each growing step the boy took he found thoughts of hatred and

mischief. The boy continued on his journey until he saw the valley from the

top of the descent. He saw the land was barren and there was nothing for him.

The boy turned around and headed for the mountain, running faster than ever.

Eventually he reached the slope of the mountain and could see something emerging.

Something glowing and shimmering like gold, with the purest light to be seen.

When the boy reached the summit of his destination, he found the greatest treasure,

his dream.


Review: The poem was written in honor of Louis Zamperini, the olympic runner who had run the fastest 400 meter lap in history, and the main character of Unbroken, by Luara Hillenbrand. The poem summarizes his early beginnings in life. Living the life of a child thief who stole, fought, cheated, and lived the life of a criminal. Until, his elder brother, Peter Zamperini, had found Louis talent in running. Louis Zamperini was trained by his elder brother to become a great runner, eventually running for the United States in the 1936, Olympic games.

The Poem, shows his early life of being a thief and then changing his life’s course of destination by becoming a famous athelete and finding the greatest treasure of all which is having something that no one can take away from you which is glory.




BLT Communications, LLC. “Unbroken Movie Poster.” IMP Awards. IMP Awards, 16 Oct. 2014. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.


(M)onthly (I)ndependent (B)ook (P)roject: Hero On A Bicycle Poem, October #1

Hero On A Bicycle


By Shirley Hughes



The land lay scared with desolation and disaster.

The land lay with blood spilt that shouldn’t have been.

People and families migrating out of fear and loss,

yet still having something left that has not been taken

from the war.

The treasure that once was here had been taken from us,

and all the wealth it provided, taken by the gestapo’s gunpoint.

After the evil had left the land that once was flourished by vast

vineyards and faces of happiness.

Now that the shells stopped shooting and my bicycles return along with my

fathers. Although life will never be the same life has gotten sweeter

in taste and more bearable.


Review: The poem is supposed to show the main character, Paolo Crivelli’s, opinion at the end of the novel Hero On A Bicycle. The story reflects on paolos visualization of the German occupation in Florence, Italy. Bringing back memories and expieriences of the past. Reflecting on the past events in the falling action which eventually bringing the poem to the ending of the story with the happy events that had happened. Such as the end of the occupation, Palos father coming back, and his bicycle being returned.


Multiple Contributors. “Hero On A Bicycle.” Rev. of Good ReadsGood Reads.com several dates edited: 1+. Print.