Featured Writer: Linda Imbler

History

 

History is where dates fly around your head

like butterflies in a field.

 

It’s the failing custodian of man’s memories.

 

History tells us who won and lost wars and why.

It tells us who was in charge and how they earned the rank.

 

History is names spelled correctly

and evidenced mementos written in fancy script.

 

History is where you close your eyes

and imagine the clothes, the hair, and the accents-

where you learn new words in foreign languages

which you can’t pronounce.

 

If you don’t read history well, you may end up in the wrong army.

 

History is where you have to memorize all those dates,

but they’re meant only for tests and then you forget the details.

 

Find this country or that country on a map

and history becomes geography.

 

History shows the harebrained penitence of some

who should have never ceded,

and the articulate enumeration of the bravest of our kind.

 

If you ask your grandma where she was born

and she starts to tell you about the land of her ancestors,

does that make her a historian?

 

© Linda Imbler


SONY DSC About the Author

Linda Imbler is the author of the published poetry collection “Big Questions, Little Sleep.”  Her work has appeared in numerous journals. Linda’s creative process and a current, complete listing of sites which have or will publish her work can be found  at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.comThis writer, yoga practitioner, and classical guitar player lives in Wichita, Kansas.

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2 replies

  1. WOW – wonderful words Linda!

    Like

  2. You make a fantastic point about recollecting just dates. What happened during those times is the most aspect. Thanks for sharing and God bless you!

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