If No One’s Told A Story, You Must Tell

by Duncan Jones

A classroom in a school was dull and bored
The lesson held not their attention any more
Most open eyes were cast upon the floor
Tired and repeating the same familiar chore
So One rewrote the words upon the page
About the people that were from another age
Told a story of tiger filled with rage
His stripes were shadows painted by a cage

Now you know … Now! You must go … Now!
One by one … Now! You must run … Now!

Looking out the window clouds passed by
Glass melted! And the windows opened wide
Smiling was a dragon in the sky
Through fire, “Hurry now let’s see if you can fly!
Open up your wings and come with me
For there are stories that your history can’t see!”
And down below the tiger running free
Escaped his shadow stripes for all eternity!

Now you know … Now! You must go … Now!
One by one … Now! You must run … Now!

Then came to life the faces from the book
The feast was ready, the fire slowly cooked
Such warriors and colors, how they looked!
And the thunder coming close oh how it shook!
“Was right here that a battle raged all night!
A hunter swift, a mighty buffalo did fight!
It raged until the dawn’s early light!
Rewrite the words so that all may see this sight!”

Now you know … Now! You must go … Now!
One by one … Now! You must run … Now!

Behind the tree a gambler got away
“Part of the deal, I never get to stay
Life’s a game, and everyone must play!
And all you really need to know is ‘Not today!’”
Full moon was covered black by a typhoon
Torn sails, “So sorry boys, we’re going under soon!”
Turns out the great ship’s name was “Silver Spoon”
And all were washed ashore a beautiful lagoon!

Now you know … Now! You must go … Now!
One by one … Now! You must run … Now!

Dragon roared, the classroom heard the bell
And in One’s pocket now a silvery sea shell
If no one’s told a story, you must tell
The one thing they can’t do is tell themselves
The room with voices instantly was filled
One thought, “Another silly daydream,” until
Looking back One smiled and caught a chill …
Sat a dragonfly upon the window sill