Look Hard


We are not what we were

But we are what we teach

Revisionist slanted history

Failures hidden as tragic

Rather than being laid

Stones to progressive path

White-washed empires

Global indigenous slavery

Every great society

Pressing itself onto others

False idols of discovery

And great white hopes

Cultures burned to conformity

Resources plundered

Differences exploited

It is in the abyss of wrongs

The injustices of society

Where the pearls of learning

Mingle with the opportunity

To truly become enlightened

And we find a way to be more

Than the polished reflection

Of whom we hoped we would be

What hope can lie in a future

With an unreckoned past

Look long, look hard

See the true face of man


9 Responses to “Look Hard”
  1. beth says:

    we need to speak and teach the truth. only from this, can come an understanding and healing and a desire to do better.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I remember some lessons from my youth that turned out to not be as historically accurate as one would hope. I think we can do better. Thanks for all the support, Beth!

  2. Wonderful thoughts and moral shared

  3. Jim Borden says:

    well said, Brad. as you note in your response to Beth, we can, and must, do better..

  4. kristianw84 says:

    The entire world needs to read this poem! You should host a TedTalk! I know I’d be one of the first in line just to hear you speak.

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