The Maligning of the Rat

The Maligning of the Rat

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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(The plague and fire of London 1651c an alternative viewpoint)

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mistaken you might be for
believing that black death resulted
from infestations of rampant rats

filthy creatures who spread fear
as well as contagion, yet recent
research has provided more facts

as professionals left St Giles in the Fields
and other parts of London in droves
the poor were left to cope on their own

living in slum conditions they became
the first to succumb at speed
to terrors of uncontrolled disease

human fleas and body lice found
on dirty garments, feeding on flesh
it seems were the culprits

hidden from the eye, the reason
so many died, poverty, lack of
clean clothing,hapless hygiene

spreading like wildfire, only to be
finally burned out when the
capital's skyline bled rip roaring red

when huge flames blazed for days
to consume and gut the medieval
city paving way for change

© 2021 Chris Shaw


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Isn't it fascinating that old stories continue to echo across history never changing in their current evolution. That we relive our previous doom. Instead of wiser eyes it is through ignorant petulant cynicism we continue the cycle. We just don't learn to be better human beings. Indifference guides us to our end. That love could be the simplest of answers, yet the most difficult choice says a lot about human nature. Thank you, Chris, for this honest portrait of human failings.

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Chris Shaw

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Dear Carlos, things don't change much do they? Really appreciate your review and your time. Thanks f.. read more



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This is a heartfelt piece that portrays the down-trodden ,the Poore day the spread of filth, disease…and who cares, no one… has no heart beat for these pathetic creatures…..only a fate of nature took care of them, death….very well written Chris and poignant too….
Best, B

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Chris Shaw

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Dear Betty, thank you for your response, always appreciated.. Have a great day.

Chris
Betty Hermelee

23 Hours Ago

sorry for the poor English!!
Interesting historical poem. I would not like to be in those times at all. Yuck.

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Chris Shaw

1 Day Ago

Thank you JungLee. I appreciate your visit.

Chris
JungLee

1 Day Ago

You are welcome. I posted a new post.
Ah change the one thing humans cannot stand. However though rats weren't the ones to spread it. Fleas on rats were. Imagine the last one when a 3rd of us died. The landed gentry and poor alike. However the poor lived with the fleas and died for the most part because it. The 13th century was the point that is best remembered for this pestilence. In reference to our current dilemma I find it t a human trait . That of ignoring science for ignorance. A full 1/3 of America places their hope in their God Trump. And ignores that he himself was vaccinated. They are willing to die in the service of their Lord.So both times 1/3rd were willing to close their minds and pray to their god.I wonder if that is where we get the unlucky 13 idea?

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Chris Shaw

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Interesting thoughts Tate you share here. I go with the science. We have all been vaccinated. That m.. read more
And who is it that is our own worst enemy
The beat goes on
That is a very interesting bit of info

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Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

Real shame about those trees. I sincerely hope there has been no loss of life or houses being burned.. read more
Dave Brown

1 Week Ago

a complete town was burned to the ground along with loss of life
never seen anything like it<.. read more
Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

so, so sorry. We do not hear about it over here. Please, please keep safe.
There's this chill in your poetry, it's like knowing something important was there but it's all blurry. It's a shame what the past has transferred to the present and what the present continues to pass onto the future.
The fact that people gladly give help to those with power and not to those who actually need it is truly devastating. Learning from what has happened is the most obvious thing yet we don't learn. Instead we are destroying it more.

I'm in awe of your writing, it really makes me think deeply on the things going on the world right now and what has happened in the past.
Thank you for sharing such a masterpiece!

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Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you for such an encouraging and generous review. It is so true, we just don't seem to learn an.. read more
becauseshewrote

1 Week Ago

Exactly! And the pleasure's all mine. :)
Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you again :)
I think you did a fine job
Writing you poem
I really enjoyed reading you poem
Please write more poems

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Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Aldo, you are appreciated. Pleased you stopped by.

Chris
As a history teacher, I promote what is known as arts-based research. I think your poem falls into that category. Very cool.

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Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

That pleases me. Thank you so much for the positive feed back. I like history too :)

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Ah, a historical piece! I love this Chris. I recently saw something on this very topic and here are your words of non-fiction, sharing a new point of view. I didn't remember much from World History in school, so this is a brief and different reminder. I especially enjoyed the last 2 stanzas. Thanks for sharing!

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Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you so much. Maybe we read the same newspaper item? Pleased you enjoyed the read. I share your.. read more
A very honest, strong piece. Others have said it, but it's so odd how history repeats itself throughout time. I love the attention you have on these tragedies and writing about them, putting them out in the world so maybe, someone will finally sit down and LISTEN. Someone will help, and I think we could all take a note off this, and write our own pieces to help ourselves. Of course, the plague was a long time ago, but look where we are now! As always, excellent, brilliant, and intricate writing! Thank you so much for sharing and always having an honest, open heart.

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Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

Yes, history has a habit of repeating itself. Thank you so much for your very generous review Colaca.. read more
Such sad circumstances. And that fire consumed the disease.

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Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

Many thanks Shelley for stopping by. Your thoughts appreciated.

Chris
Shelley Warner

1 Week Ago

You're sure welcome.

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