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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We knew so little then and medical practices were belief driven not so much knowledge driven. We have come so far in the medical field and some may say it has become a religion itself, I wouldn’t but some may. I am so glad I got to be a part of it as a nurse, I saw how faith was still part of the process and how science gave them that. Still so much to learn. Dirty practices back then were to blame and with Covid I see we still haven’t learned our lessons, sad. Great write Chris

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Loved to read your thoughts here. Thanks so much for the read and your lovely review. You are truly .. read more



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I seem to remember reading an article on this some time ago Chris, I’m fascinated by history and enjoy very much the way that you weave it into your poetry.

Best wishes,

Lathe

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

I love history as well Lathe. I wrote this after watching a TV programme. Thanks for all the reviews.. read more
We knew so little then and medical practices were belief driven not so much knowledge driven. We have come so far in the medical field and some may say it has become a religion itself, I wouldn’t but some may. I am so glad I got to be a part of it as a nurse, I saw how faith was still part of the process and how science gave them that. Still so much to learn. Dirty practices back then were to blame and with Covid I see we still haven’t learned our lessons, sad. Great write Chris

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Loved to read your thoughts here. Thanks so much for the read and your lovely review. You are truly .. read more
Hi Chris, like so many others, I can't stand rats. Your powerful write did get me to thinking. Like so many, I believed that rats were the cause of the black death, now I have read your wonderful write I will have to change my thinking, or I can do my sit on the fence and say it could have been the conditions, the fleas, the body lice and the rats. Another real and powerful write from your pen. Have a wonderful Sunday. Hugs always....Mike.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thanks Mike. Watched a TV programme which inspired this writing. Appreciate you stopping by to read... read more
shadrach hah

6 Months Ago

You are welcome, Chris. Made me think and I love poetry that does that. Have a wonderful Sunday. Hug.. read more
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Ew, rats, I think i will go crawl into a hole, But i believe you are talking about life as it lived maybe, I dunno, who knows how my brain works. Enjoyed the write though.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Kerra. I appreciate you stopping by.

Chris
An interesting subject. Not one I might pick but once I started reading I could not stop. And I do believe that might have been a secondary goal on your agenda. In other words, I liked it despite myself. :)

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Pleased I managed to keep your interest. Your review made me smile. Thank you.

Chris
Are you sure you're talking about ancient times, Chris ... hmmm?
Sounds very familiar ... ignorance, hate and stupidity tend to bring out the worst in us..until it festers into the plaque... or pandemic. your choice.
A thought-provoking, cogent, topical write. I enjoyed the lesson, but I still hate rats

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Allen. Pleased this poem got you thinking. I have to confess, I don't like rats either, ev.. read more
I am a tad more into maligning modern day rats, who seem to count political expediency as more important than the citizens they purport to care about.

A plague on all their houses, I say... Oh, and let us not forget those nasty little profiteers who ramped up prices of PPE by a factor of 1000% on average worldwide, we really are a caring species are we not. :))

Beccy.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Dear Beccy. I appreciate you bringing this poem into the current times. I agree with everything you .. read more
interesting Ms. Christine! very interesting indeed ... can't help but draw parallels with nasty crap Covid .. tho it didn't and hasn't forgotten any gender, race or monetary standing ... it seems still, to hold the upper hand .. no burning this things out ... frankly .. I'm beginning to believe our "experts" continue to grasp straws ... the Black Death was such an imprinted lesson we learned in grade school ... remembering still brings on the terror imparted to me by the history ... timely lesson says i!
E.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Einstein Noodle

7 Months Ago

ohh i'm good Christine .. and luv back at ya! ;) there is plenty around my little Ponderosa that kee.. read more
Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Ha! You know I smiled at being called a corker :)) Have a wonderful day my friend.
Einstein Noodle

7 Months Ago

:)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
"so many died, poverty, lack of
clean clothing,hapless hygiene"

YES and YES and YES!!!! always dirtiness, ignorance lead to disasters or at least making the fire rage more!

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thank you lightsong. Seems that we haven't learned much. They even knew about isolation back then. S.. read more
How could I possibly not review a poem whose title makes me jealous that I didn't think of it myself? This is a strong piece, a bleak reminder and a horrifying portent that parallels humankind's current condition in that sometimes, wading into the worst-case scenario or splattering at the rock bottom is the only way positive change can happen. I hope to God that it won't take another medieval incineration to wake up the world before we arrive at that point.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thanks Seth. Yes, I hope it doesn't take another great fire to extinguish a plague. Hopefully the v.. read more

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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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