sacred duties

“candles” ~skeeze (Pixabay) https://pixabay.com/en/candles-three-flames-decoration-1714800/

history, i have been told
belongs to the victors -
though i say
the vanquished sometimes
turn the tables
and tell their own story,
alternating fact for other fact;

yet,
it is the victims,
the ones
who, but by chance
or born to cruel fate,
must fight,
flee,
or freeze,
screaming
in lights of flame,
sobbing
in dark of shame,
raped from home to homelessness,
whose undying truth
will be remembered
only
by
the poets.


i hope i will be forgiven, for taking the liberty of offering tribute to one poet, who, 
remembering,
holds truth before others, 
for those who cannot.

For this other, May
will never be the same.