‘When I Speak of History’ by Leonard Dabydeen The Society November 18, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 5 Comments 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. Leonard Dabydeen is author of Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems , Xlibris Publication(2012); Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys and Fibonacci Poems, Xlibris Publication (2015) Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 5 Responses Leonard Dabydeen November 19, 2017 Thank you, Evan Mantyk for posting my poem. Very much appreciated. Leonard Reply ben grinberg November 19, 2017 come to think of it, who has stood up for history. even my ultra conservative roots are still brainwashed enough to where i didn’t realize it until i read this poem. history is awesome and treasured. it’s beautiful. the mistakes and evil of the past are there to serve as lessons while it is the positive and only that which we should learn and look at. this inversion of the communist “liberal” left hurts all beings. we need to stand up for history because it is another form of kindness. without omission. to all beings. Reply ben grinberg November 19, 2017 and, specific be we MUST. statues. who cares. do i care if joseph stalin still stand in some russian town. could care less. but for those people there, better believe they care. that’s why russia is still russia. a great land with too much gloom. take all those red symbols down and trash them, russia becomes great again. much as we’re becoming great again. but those same stalin elements here think that the statues we need to trash are our rightful southern heritage. actually, they want to trash everything that is human. vs. anti-life. anti-human. anything not pc. which means everything. except joseph stalin. and the like. demons. so hell is the fate of that line of thinking. anyway. this is america right. liberty. states rights. each to his own. and that means, its your choice. has nothing to do with me. in my town, better believe we dont tolerate that kind of garbage. and that’s liberty. and the ultimate assurance of safety, kindness. and the good. Reply James Sale November 24, 2017 Very good poem – like it! Reply Bijay Kant Dubey February 1, 2019 When I Speak of History is one of the best poems commemorating motifs historical, voyages and adventurous shipwrecks sighting the break of light upon some unexpected destination so far undiscovered, unsearched and they going for a big hit. It contains in the history of Guyana, the people settled an their wanderings, who’s who in reality? Who the rulers, who the ruled? What their identity, race, archetype, culture, faith? Who the colonialists, who the colonized? What about the indentured servitude? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.