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What Wouldn’t Have Happened (Poem)

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.”

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Theo Wilson is a world-champion slam poet who honors women everywhere with his spoken word poetry.

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5:01AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012


12:21AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Thanks for the info.

3:21PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012


3:45AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Yes. It's a wonderful life.:)

6:07PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Well, what if I was born a chicken or a cow? Would I deserve to be put in a cage and never allowed to walk? Would I deserve to be put in a huge dryer contraption, turned upside down
and have my throat cut out and thrown in a pail while I struggled to scream? Would I deserve
to be thrown out on a concrete floor, still alive and squirting blood all over, get up and stagger
until I collapsed and died a horrible painful death? Honestly if I was born a cow, I would WISH

11:02AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012


10:53AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Birdman of long beach: Good Question. I have a great answer in my case because finding my calling has been extremely unique. I go out on the street and look for injured pigeons. I have rescued over 3,000 in 8 years and I have stories published on my rescue work. Millions of Pigeons have there toes tied with fishing line, string & human hair. They live the most tortured life you can imagine watching there own toes fall off one at a time from lack of circulation and very few people could care less. I also have rescued hundreds of Pigeons with there feet tied together walking slowly in bondage and what a horrible way to have to live with no one to help them. Look in Google under War Pigeons and see all the Pigeons that were war hero's that were decorated with the Dickens Medal for saving troops lives. If I had not lived thousands of Pigeons would of died slowly being tortured every minute of there existence so my being here has made a difference to God's creatures. That includes all the cats I trapped and got fixed, cats I feed at night, about 100 dog rescues and quite a few of odd animal rescues.If you find a injured or tied Pigeon around Long Beach Ca. area or need advice on how to help them - - I also would of missed a thousand hugs & kisses a day from my incredible loving animal family.

10:37AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

wow! This could be added onto any "it gets better" message for teens. Or, anyone else on the edge.

6:31AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012


5:30AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Good post.

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