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Ignorance is Bliss - A Poem


Past & Present

A Poem

opening up the veil
to a time far behind us now
a time we’re kept separate from

I can see them
the eyes of the past
they see me too
curious and fearful
wondering what I have to say

could I change
their future
our present?

could I prevent some of the
horrors we’ve witnessed?

if I were to whisper secrets of the future
would it change everything for the better?

should I let them know
what has happened beyond their time?

I wish to warn them
of darkness that is to come
but perhaps that’s a mystery
best left untouched

sometimes knowing
only brings chaos and danger
sometimes ignorance is bliss

I wrote this poem wondering what would happen if we could go back and warn people of the past about things that are going to happen, things we wish we could have prevented if we had only known about it.

But I believe that tampering with the past wouldn’t truly better anyone’s future, unfortunately. When people know what is to come they become fearful of it and might make things worse.

Perhaps I am wrong because there are some people out there who are able to stay calm when presented with a situation that would make the rest of the world lose their cool.

What are your thoughts? Do you believe we could make a difference if we could warn people in the past of what’s to come? Would that change anything for the better? Or is that a secret best kept with us?


Elise (author) from Melbourne on March 12, 2020:

Yes, you're very right Lorna, thanks for reading :)

Lorna Lamon on March 12, 2020:

A thought provoking poem Elise. I'm really not sure it would make a difference, after all we have known about the effects of climate change for years and yet we did nothing. At least now we know how it is going to play out. Perhaps ignorance is bliss.

Elise (author) from Melbourne on March 12, 2020:

Yes, it's a very interesting thought. Thanks for reading Liz :)

Liz Westwood from UK on March 12, 2020:

The film series 'Back to the Future' springs to mind. At the moment there are probably many who would like to know how the pandemic will play out and when life will return to some kind of normality. On the other hand maybe ignorance is better , at least for those of us not tasked with making the big decisions.

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