Treasure Island

Bri Edwards


Consider Yourself Lucky …. [Things COULD Be Worse! ; History; Personal Problems; Humor (Maybe Not) ]


I’m not a history buff at all, ……BUT I’ve heard some stories ……
about some of history’s most grievous moments, and some …..of its glories.
I’ll repeat several of the grievous moments for you now to hear.
Some of you may scoff at them, while some may shed a tear.

In ancient Rome some early Christians were fed to wild beasts.
In Fiji once lived men who, on their enemies, would feast.
Citizens of Pompeii were buried by volcanic ash and mud.
Native Americans were persecuted by “whites”....who sometimes shed their blood.

Millions died from the Black Plague in Europe many years ago,
and millions more died,........when the ‘winds of war’, there, did ‘blow’.
People have been doomed to suffer, and sometimes die indeed,
for being of the “wrong” color,....caste, ethnicity, or creed.

So perhaps next time you break a nail, your car runs out of gas,
you don’t get the gift-desired, or, the math exam, you fail to pass,
consider history; then you may think yourself a lucky gal or guy,
that you aren’t in ancient Rome....with a lion chewing on your thigh.

(March 18,2014)

Submitted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

i actually had at least one fact wrong in my first draft. there is some doubt (according to an online site) that the headhunters of Borneo were also cannibals. also i at first used the name of the volcano, Vesuvius, for the name of the town which got destroyed by the erupting volcano; i really knew it was Pompeii, but i'm getting old! if you think i have any other 'facts' wrong/incorrect feel free to say so.
also, i will point out that i borrowed 'winds of war' from a book title, Winds of War by Herman Wouk, about world war 2.
thanks herman! bri :)

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  • Danny Draper (4/16/2014 7:32:00 AM)

    Ah the mountains out of mole hills woe is me. Great write. So much dark history and yet people still exaggerate their dreary lives. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (4/14/2014 11:26:00 PM)

    After reading this poem I was so much emotional for a minute that I couldn't do any thing. Then I started thinking what my ancestors did in the past and what my fellow citizens have been doing now. I can't go in details it may provoke the terrorists. You are a learned man and and I am confident you shall not only read what I have written, you are capable of reading what I did not. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (4/8/2014 4:24:00 PM)

    yeah i mentioned cannibals of borneo when i wrote this in ink in a paper notebook. but i like using fiji better anyway, because my good friend, bill, , lives there. i don't think he is/was a cannibal. ;) (Report) Reply

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