Once Upon A Time | Spoken Word Poem

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If history was humanity's written story, some were given volumes. Some were chapters. Yet everyone else were footnotes at the bottom.

 

Once Upon A Time

Spoken Word Poem

 

My favorite subject in school was history

Because it was one large unsolved mystery

Maps folded between its tombs and castles

Names in vanishing ink and burned letters

It was one large question mark

And I was going to find the spot X marked

 

But history was my least favorite class

For many it was where we caught up on naps

It was given to us in a series of disjointed dates and names

Never understanding why we keep learning about the same dead white guys anyways

 

If history was humanity’s written story

Some were given volumes, some were chapters

Yet everyone else were footnotes at the bottom

Because the man who writes, his vision is often skewed

And the pen that writes, often removes

 

So we lost control of the plot line

A tale of millions written from only one side

A hero’s journey, where the hero and villain are as interchangeable as Jekyll and Hyde

A painted canvas where my stories are always the ones no one could find

Because the man who writes, his vision is often skewed

And the pen that writes, often removes

 

And so much, too much has been excused

Made to leave class because it was seen as a snooze

But we are not to be ignored

Our tears have mixed with oceans

Our blood in the soil is stored

We are in every walk of life

Our names will change

Our colors will vary

But hear our voices, hear them loud

Across the mountains, carried

 

To the man who writes, his vision often skewed

We’ll take the pen that has too often removed

And history will find our words

The ink soaking through every forgotten chapter

Carved into the oldest tablets of stone

Because once upon a time...

Humanity had a story to be told

 

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