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False History


Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.

"History Is a Tale Told by a Madman" -- Napoleon Bonaparte.

"History Is a Tale Told by a Madman" -- Napoleon Bonaparte.


Being an out-of-box thinker, I have to be excused for turning every stone and pebble for a possibly hidden alternative truth. That makes me an "enemy of the obvious". I made it my business to laugh at people's gullibility as they are so ready to buy any story as long as it's coming from a voice of an authority.

I don't remember what triggered that first laugh, but I know it was very long ago that I had a good one upon hearing how "god created man in his own image".

Namely, witnessing my own unholy human crappiness -- and after spending considerable time feeling sorry for myself -- I started feeling sorry for that god who couldn't do any better job while creating me. But that was long before I took over his unfinished business and recreated myself in my own image.

That path of finding alternative truths hasn't been covered with rose petals -- rather with rose thorns, but once you get used to people's accusations of "being blasphemous", it's even fun to disturb the shit.

I just couldn't get myself enough of those titles like "Everything You Have Been Told Is a Lie". It covered fields like medicine, nutritional supplements industry, physics, religion, metaphysics, new age, politics, archaeology, and yes -- history.

So, here are a few pieces of my rhymed prose on the theme of alternative history -- and I'll let you decide if that more familiar version being widely used is a lie or not.

Alternative History, or What?

Here goes some wordy and rhymed prose

something I have done many times before

lines being too long for a poem, I suppose

with words merely piling up more and more.

This is nothing like a quiz -- or a history test

just matching one with other historical story

so pick an explanation that you like the best

everyone else has done it -- so not to worry.

Some say Lincoln is credited for end of slaving

but Abe wrote he didn't care if slaves went free

it was only the Union he saw worthy of saving

if offered an alternative he'd just let slavery be.

Some say Hiroshima was bombed to end the War

but it was months following Germany's capitulation

so others ask what did those innocent folks die for

hinting that was merely for Pearl Harbor retaliation.

Giza Sphinx is officially the ancient Egyptians' pride

but those water marks talk about millennia back in time

so. like many other historical tales this one has its other side

pharaos couldn't have done it even at their technological prime.

Also, Columbus discovered America -- by history books

while some fossils say long before him came Chinese

so that historical event was not really what it looks

but again, anyone will believe what they please.

How about those Vikings' helmets shown with horns and wings

and truth be told, we can't even picture them any other way

but that's fictional detail, just like so many other things

with the only question left, why such lies get to stay.

These are just few of many historical lies

history is his-story so you be the judge

to each their own, as always applies

I didn't write this to start a grudge.

World, Beware of Truth!

Some famous slave runners got their statue erected

while butchers of various battles got their due fame

but for telling their ugly truth you won't be respected

what's swept under rug shouldn't smear a big name.

Talk about politicians unable to put a sentence right

repeating and paraphrasing everything they say

and it's a blasphemy of a deity at height

so you can kiss your popularity away.

Touch any religious taboo or naive story

and you bring on yourself wrath of believers

so don't try questioning matters wrapped in glory

illogical or not, but don't bring into picture deceivers.

Human weaknesses and a laziness of mind

that's another subject not received very well

say any of it, and you are turning out unkind

though many may think of it -- but few will tell.

In this world thriving on high octane lies

truth is something uncomfortable to avoid

just try to blend well playing stupid, not wise

as being different is making so many paranoid.

If you happen to be ambitious online writer

write above love, recipes, what everyone yap

as for heavy subjects you need to be a bullfighter

not to fight against the bulls, but to deal with bullcrap.

Between two laughs I watch this grand charade

with no one really caring what others have to say

and as long as there are those easy to persuade

this world will keep turning in its predictable way.

Fair Play, Something for Gods to Laugh About

If national interests were really all that clean

while requiring military or economic pressure

whole world would do it--you know what I mean

if not out of a need, but for sheer power pleasure.

So why don't we hear about such honest deals

practiced by every country across all the board

if not seeing through unfairness that it conceals

of enjoying the justice of having a bigger sword.

Isn't it fair to stay inside of our borders

not sticking our nose into world's affairs

instead of giving around arrogant orders

replacing a peace dream with nightmares.

If we condemn all Hitlers, Napoleons, and alike

and boast about our benevolent and fair plays

why do we need something like military strike

if our fairness would insist on peaceful ways.

So, who are we kidding, or do we even care

as we have justice-of-stronger on our side

being the ones who define what is fair

entitled to take the world for a ride.

Isn't that something like the religious deal

"we preach and teach, but follow we do not"

in a god's name we love by rules of an ordeal

and it's not about fairness, but not being caught.

© 2021 Val Karas


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 05, 2021:

The truth usually surfaces sooner or later. Sometimes, unfortunately, it is decades or even centuries later. In the meantime, most of us try to make sense of what we see, hear and read. When it comes to beliefs, that is another matter entirely. It can work for our betterment and good, or it can cause havoc and wars. Both have happened. Your poem demonstrates why we should keep an open mind.

Val Karas (author) from Canada on February 05, 2021:

Allen, my Friend -- To me, you are not a "simple guy", but someone who possesses a certain depth of a warrior -- and no one could ever deserve to be called one without having experienced enough of a bitter taste of life, while still on a quest for more sweetness of it. And nothing fills me more with gratitude than being accepted as someone who succeeded to contribute with even if a little drop of that sweetness. So, thank you for being yourself, old buddy, and thank you for calling me a friend. -- Val

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 05, 2021:


I always love your introductions.

It seems to me that since you turn over each peeble... you are an overthinker.

Nothing wrong with this...I do it all the time.

I'm not one to let things rest easily.

I want & find an answer.

Your poems touch upon the human aspects in life.

All is fair in love & war - comes to mind.

We never know all the reasons behind the past..we can only do our best to meet the future.

Take care & keep turning those wheels in your head.

It is always great reading - food for thought.

Allen Edwards from Iowa on February 05, 2021:

Not often that I have an opportunity to " Chime In" to the chatroom where 3 of my "All Time" Hubber Super Stars are together..so as a, simple guy with the ability to present my thanks to the three of you >*Val* Bill* Jodah*< such an "Appreciation of Artistic, and Life Knowledgeability".. I wish to Express my Appreciation 2 U ❗

Val Karas (author) from Canada on February 05, 2021:

Bill, John, and Umesh -- I forget, if I don't respond to comments right away, before the piece is taken to the other site, I lose the chance to do it. Anyhow, guys, I appreciate your echoing my thoughts about all the lies we are being served by the authorities.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 05, 2021:

Food for thought, which is food I enjoy! Thank you for the reflective piece.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2021:

I hate how historical facts are always distorted, especially by countries or Governments involved to make them appear the heroes in the eyes of the people. This has been happening for eternity. a present is an example of what the people of China are told by their Government about world affairs,

When the truth is revealed whistleblowers like Edward Snowdon and Julian Assange (of Wikileaks) are persecuted.

I am from Viking heritage and I know for a fact my ancestors did not wear horned helmets lol. A nice expose, Val.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 04, 2021:

This is a unique presentation. Well composed and well presented.

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