What Wouldn’t Have Happened (Poem)
Tell me, what wouldn’t have happened
If you had never lived?
Had never been born.
If the ambulance driver rushing your mother to the hospital
Had fallen asleep at the wheel…
Who would we blame for making the world poorer without you?
Perhaps the makers of his cough medicine who leaned too hard on the drowsy formula
Causing him to lean likewise on the pedal.
Perhaps the shift manager who scheduled him to drive his ambulance
and his vehicle beyond their breaking point…
Or maybe they deserve a round of applause
Because all you’ve ever contributed was pre-mature abortion
To the happiness of those around you.
Is your sheer presence and eviction notice
for other people’s peace of mind?
And how many on this planet will die with a healthy tan
Because you put the sunshine in their lives?
The slightest act can change the course of the world forever!
What if Dr. King’s father had found his mother attractive,
but held his tongue like a vice-grip on the throat of history?
What if Katherine told Joe Jackson children just weren’t in their future
and subsequently, neither was “Thriller.”
Theo Wilson is a world-champion slam poet who honors women everywhere with his spoken word poetry.
Photo Credit: Max Elman