One Stanza Poem O012

The primary reason for which
History should be studied –
Is so that we won’t make
The same mistakes we made before –
Any more

02.25.95

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.

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Notes to this poem…

I love history, but generally only to hear stories rather than analyze it to death or speculate because I am about the future, not the past, with some of the present.

In terms of value for study, I look at history the same way I philosophically look at “mistakes”, and that is a mistake is truly only a mistake if you don’t learn something from it. That is the only reason I study and read about history, because I am going in thinking there is a mistake made, specifically or there are bound to be some I would pick up on, the details of which I need to know to analyze for the benefit of something in the future. It’s a bit vague, but when you think big picture as much as I do, it’s sometimes all you need. Advancement of my knowledge does not always have to be specific. If I decide the advancement were general enough that odds are it would become useful to me some day, that’s all that matters to me then to pick up some history for my future.

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.

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