Poetry tops the list of things I love. I’ve never had a chance to study it as an art form. The college I went to didn’t have much use for poetry. Nobody ever got rich from writing. I can make the statement they didn’t place much value on the written word as a means of expression. In my time there, only one creative writing class was offered every four years because it was a requirement for middle school teachers. I felt sorry for my professor. It was his last year before retirement. All my classmates did was complain. I decided to devote 2021 to writing different styles of poetry. Therefore, in February, I plan to write sonnets. I’ve titled this one American History.
The problem with American history
Is it fails to tell the whole story
The retelling is less than satisfactory
When the focus in the ones with the glory
Tales of rich white men in ivory towers
Leave out the lives of the common flocks
By focusing on the ones who held all the power
You leave out the nipple that turn the spokes
The books only hint at the foot soldier fighting amid the blood and gore
Ignoring the slave laboring long hours in a deep south cotton field
Never mentioning the immigrant working the line on a factory floor
Or the army nurse who stood against tradition and mended and healed
These are the lost stories that made America great
The tales of the common people with a forgotten fate
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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