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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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Victor M.
Victor M6 years ago


Magdalen B.
Magdalen B6 years ago

Yes. It's a wonderful life.:)

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

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

Winn Adams
Winn Adams6 years ago


Dan L.
Dan Lubniewski6 years ago

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 - animalrescuer131@yahoo.com - I also would of missed a thousand hugs & kisses a day from my incredible loving animal family.

Gloria H.
Gloria H6 years ago

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

Kamryn M.
Kay M6 years ago


Susan N.
Susan N6 years ago

Good post.