Tell Me Tales of History

Tell me tales of history…

More than just the apple tree

Your secrets and your mysteries

Things that no one else can see


How you lived and how you died

But deeper, and how you felt inside

About your mentors and your guides

When you crossed the great divide


Tell me facts, plus your opinion

Good advice that you were given

Ways you lived and your traditions

Tell me all, with no omissions


For you see, I am a record keeper

Keeping track of all believers

Those who lived; and their leaders

Spiritual folks and their healers


Stories lost and stories simple

With my pen, they become official

About the wars and times of civil

People caught within the middle


Landmarks, rivers and the forest

Of the crops you grew in August

Were you hungry or malnourished

Did you get what you were promised


And deeper still, down to your core

Did you seek, did you explore

Was it a risk to open a door

Are things tucked safe under your floor


Through your eyes, I’ll try to see

Hidden locks with hidden keys

Code words slipped into tapestries

Treasures shipped across the seas


I’ll try to listen through your bones

Graveyard strolls among the stones

Foundations left from family homes

All your songs and all your poems


Each detail gives life more focus

Some so small we’d hardly notice

Sifting truth from ones quite bogus

Helps us with our diagnosis


Seeking truth and keeping facts

Preserving precious artifacts

Always strive to be exact

Lives and love and deeds and acts

R J Schwartz
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

4 thoughts on “Tell Me Tales of History

  • September 7, 2018 at 12:03 AM

    Wouldn’t it be nice to know what their life was like? I like to stroll through old cemeteries and read the epitaphs. Sometimes there is one I can connect with and wait for communication to open with the departed soul. I very much enjoyed your verse, Ralph, you have infused it with compassion which makes it an emotional longing to know. Well done.

  • September 7, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    Lovely idea for expression and also a depiction of the human state, and all we seek to understand in our all too short stay on earth. Great rhyme and flow Ralph. Excellent work my friend.

  • September 8, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Aw how often to close ones eyes and open our ears to listen to those spirits from our pasts. To hear them open up and share how they lived and died in their day. The experiences, losses, plights, wars, deaths, hunger, government treatments, lies and truths, hunger and pain and so much more. We will only find out when we too become ghost’s of our pasts. Well penned my friend, I enjoyed the rhyme, you have that gift. Indeed excellent work Ralph. Very emotional, very longing indeed. To have the ability to unlock all the knowledge from our pasts would be divine.

  • September 11, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    I love this poem, Ralph. The rhyme and meter is superb, and the subject of history and the past engaging. Well done.

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