Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Rewriting the Narrative"

This was the linkback perk for the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by [personal profile] stardreamer.

"Rewriting the Narrative"

Who speaks is heard;
who writes is remembered.

After the Slaveholders' Rebellion,
the losers rose up to tell their own tales
in which they made themselves out
to be doomed heroes, for few wish
to think of themselves as evil,

even when their deeds show it so.

Oh, there were many causes
that fed into that awful conflict, but
the root and the fruit of it lay in slavery,
which the North could not endure and
the South would not surrender.

So the war was fought,
and it was lost and won,
but the conflict was not over.

The slaveholders simply
continued their rebellion
by other ways and means.

They spent huge amounts of time
and effort rewriting the narrative
of what happened, and to this day,

a great many people still don't know
the truth because the only history
they ever get is in school -- which is
taught from the losers' perspective.

Sometimes history isn't
in the truth, but in the retelling.

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Read about the Civil War and the Slaveholders' Rebellion.
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, ethnic studies, fishbowl, history, poem, poetry, reading, weblit, writing
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