Learn from the Dead

History speaks for itself,

Echoing errors of the past.

History hides in itself,

Muzzling the lessons taught.

History repeats by itself,

We but control this iteration.


When I was old enough to type,

I used the internet for research.

All known societies,

At my finger tips.

As I grew the internet did too,

Not just a location for knowledge,

But one scattered with opinions,

Not based on fact or consensus.

In school I found more often than not,

Historic figures taught as statues.

Not what once was breathing humans,

Sterilized versions of examples.


What we see now?

Worldwide disease,

Climate disasters,

Wealth enslavers,

Cultural wars,

Scientific advancements,

Emotional connections,

Spiritual upliftment,

Cerebral stimulation,

All only reoccurrences.


Ev’ry societal pitfall,

Has occurred prior to now,

Ev’ry humanity triumph,

Consolidate moving forward.


Our human species hasn’t lasted long,

How long will history write itself?

Our technology is cutting edge,

While fear and anger cloud judgement.

Our Earth will survive regardless,

Only we remain the question.


Brittan began writing poetry in June 2020. She uses poetry as a therapeutic exercise when revisiting homophobic traumatic memories and describing life with BPD & Bipolar 2. She uses poetry as a medium for self-expression when discussing Buddhismlesbianism, and platonic love.

2 thoughts on “Learn from the Dead

  1. Your poems always make me think—I like that. 🙌 In these crazy pandemic days, I often wonder what the history books will say about 2020, 2021, etc. Will they censure us for our stupidity—for so many people’s refusal to get vaccinated or wear masks when the virus’ eclipse fell within our grasp? Will the future even contain history books? Or will we just look to any source that agrees with our perceived version of the past and call it history?

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  2. Your last two lines get me – I’ve been thinking a lot about Mother Earth and how we abuse her and that at some point it will be our downfall. We hardly learn from history, so how will we learn from and prevent something in the future when it’s hard to grasp the true magnitude of the consequences. Even with a global pandemic, we can’t make the simple choices that are for the good of the nation and the world. So what does this tell us about our ability to come together for any important change or movement? Will having the majority behind an issue be enough or will the minority prevent any meaningful action? Clearly you’ve gotten me on a cynical day! But love your thought provoking words Bo

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