Who Had Who When (Final Version)

Who Had Who When (Final Version)

A Poem by Ken e Bujold
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Shifted and sifted

"

It wasn't so much the questions
I asked then: who had had who when
seemed obvious enough. At thirteen
history needed meat on the bones.

Like a charbroiled burger, side

of fries smothered in Worcestershire sauce.

I wanted to go diving for skeletons,
swing from the mainsail, cutlass in hand
shiverin' me timbers; stand tall

eyeball to eyeball with the Kid,

high noon by the OK corral
slapping leather.


Instead, all I got
was dry recital

of very ordinary people

living ordinary lives:

“This was history,” they said,
the real history


I'd have to learn to learn

the truth about who had had who.


Ken e Bujold

© 2022

© 2022 Ken e Bujold


Author's Note

Ken e Bujold
Modifications to Stanza lengths, as well as shifting of certain lines and scan metrics. The original is still in my posts for now, if any wish to compare.

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This reminds me of Ken Burns and his documentaries that cut to realities in the core of history: the real real of who had who when.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Ken e Bujold

2 Months Ago

thanks. it is also the way history is...through the stages of discovery: youth wants to shoot em up... read more
Enjoyable read, Ken. Those darn history books have a way of degrading our hero’s to much less than we made of them. Someday, todays happening will be in the history books. I wonder who the hero(s) will be? Nicely done! Temp

Posted 2 Months Ago


Ken e Bujold

2 Months Ago

thanks temp. don't know who tomorrows heroes will be but i can hazard a guess that they will be the .. read more
I enjoyed the read. The victors write the history books and spoil the truth. Perhaps that's why they say, "to the victor goes the "spoils". (smile) It's like when we read in our American history books that Kit Carson was a "brave Indian fighter" they conveniently negated the fact he was a bloodthirsty mercenary for hire sent to exterminate entire peoples and was a murderer of innocent women and children. By the time I got around to reading Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee I realized we had all been "had". Keep up the great writing, F.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Ken e Bujold

2 Months Ago

no argument from me that the history most people think they know is little more than monetized pulp .. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

2 Months Ago

Well, even a vulture looks out after its own young. It's actually quite a good parent. But, it's sti.. read more
Interesting write. It made me think. History is the present un-rehearsed. Not what we seem? Tyfs

Posted 2 Months Ago


Ken e Bujold

2 Months Ago

a very good analogy Cyprian, glad you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by
Great write Ken. Sometimes we just skim the surface looking for answers. So well said.

Posted 2 Months Ago


I wanted to go diving for skeletons ,,, liked lines , slapping leather ,,,,Great Poem Ken

Posted 2 Months Ago



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