When I Speak Of History Poem by Leonard Dabydeen

When I Speak Of History

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When I speak of history I speak well;
I leave behind the past where broken bones
Lay scattered on blistering sands to tell
Of atrocities that are mostly groans.
While you may feel the pain lurking inside
With hurt failing any impunity;
And browse pages upon pages to ride
This feeling of guilt, remorse or pity,
It was Columbus sailing the great tides
Out discovering many a new world;
And Sir Francis Drake loved the battle cries -
Chicanery as a new age unfurled.
The mind finds revelations in the past,
So meaningful and useful to the last.

When I Speak Of History
Monday, November 20, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: discovery,history
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Voyages of Discovery
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Jette Blackstone 14 December 2017

Leonard, your poem is well-written with a strong message...and I love that you used the word chicanery....that's a great word! Your closing couplet tells it all. I think History is important and we need to know it, but we also need to know how to rise above it if we are ever to progress and increase our chances of becoming better than the past. Congrats.

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Leonard Dabydeen 29 January 2019

Like your comment, Jette. Thank You. From out of our past...comes our present...nesting foundation of our future.

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Tom Allport 14 December 2017

a poem about history and how we can learn from it? ......................well penned Leonard

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Leonard Dabydeen 29 January 2019

THANK YOU, ALL. APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS.

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Bijay Kant Dubey 29 January 2019

The history of the tours and travels, voyages and journeys of mariners, ship men, seamen, navigators, captains and their crew, how to relate to and allude to the their adventures? History is not of the kings and queens, but of discoverers. What is history? How to read into the palaces?

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Edward Kofi Louis 14 December 2017

Broken Bones! ! The past is always with us. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Bharati Nayak 14 December 2017

When I speak of history I speak well; I leave behind the past where broken bones Lay scattered on blistering sands to tell Of atrocities that are mostly groans. While you may feel the pain lurking inside- - - - A wonderful poem about history. We learn from history.History gives Revelations of the past, the story of success or defeat, joy or pains buried in the sands of time.Congratulations for being selected as Poem of the Day.

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Leonard Dabydeen 29 January 2019

Thanks, Bharati. Late, better late than never...When I Speak of History.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 14 December 2017

Speaking well about history is interesting really. Sometimes we feel pain lurking inside and sometimes we get joy. History gives amazing effect of learning. A brilliant poem is well penned. Congratulations! ...10

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Leonard Dabydeen 29 January 2019

Thanks, Kumarmani.

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