A Mark That Can't Be Erased- Poem by F R Wills

A Mark That Can't Be Erased-

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When thoughts can be punished and history
Changed with a few hastily typed alterations
What is existence? Why does war matter
If it is a perpetually occurring event?

If the world believes four is five
Then is it? What is history but
Pages in a textbook and centuries
Old skeletons? - conjecture is all

We have as proof. No fossils can
Provide the concrete evidence we
Crave. So we trust. Did we not believe
That Boudica was called Boadicea?

And did that change the fact that she
Died fighting for our country? But
Boadicea has ceased to exist. Just as
The dinosaurs who have been found

To be two halves jumbled together
Have ceased to exist. But the question is
If we believed them to exist then do they?
Is existence in memories and the mind

Enough? To be the sole enlightened person
In a society is insanity. So what is morality?
Who are we to distinguish right from wrong?
Left from right? A colourblind person would

swear that blue is red. And what I think
Is green is different to what you think
How strange that makes our art teachers.
When they say mix this colour or that.

If in the end, you can be erased from the world
With simply the burning of a few documents
You know you have not lived, only existed.
So make your mark, a mark that's impossible

to erase. Because every life should be
remembered. We may only be cogs in a
Vast machine. But we are individuals. We
Are entitled to our thoughts and feelings.

When thoughts can be punished and history
Changed with a few hastily typed alterations
What is existence? Why does war matter
If it is a perpetually occurring event?

If in the end, you can be erased from the world
With simply the burning of a few documents
You know you have not lived, only existed.
So make a mark that's impossible to erase.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: control
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Builds on concepts from '1984' by George Orwell.
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