Linda Studley

Can't Put the Pen Down…

Human History


They say “we must learn from history”,
but what is history but the victory song
the minstrel sings to placate a new king
and gain a coin or two?

What is history but the ancient twittering
of vested interests?

Has it ever been possible to report without bias?
Has the manipulation of truth been the means
by which our evolution has been steered to this end?
Were hunting stories daubed onto cave walls accurate
or were they padding their count?

They also say “the truth will out.”
But perhaps the only thing we can trust
humanity to do consistently
is to lie to achieve cherished outcomes.

Single humans may be noble where
humanity seldom is.

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6 thoughts on “Human History

  1. Tony Crafter on said:

    Ok, I missed out a ‘really’, I meant to say wait until you’re really REALLY famous 😉

  2. Tony Crafter on said:

    So true. I love those last 2 lines which, as well as being a truism, can stand as a quotable quote in their own right. Many of your poems contain such pithy gems; you should write a book of aphorisms Linda, seriously!

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