Pens click, papers shuffle, a foot taps to its own beat.
The dull drone of an air conditioner plays theme song to the melodic tones of the lecture as the professor speaks of conflicts where the individuals involved
suffer a second death as their names fade from memory.
Dynasties and empires rose and fell on the backs of those referred to in formulaic sentence.
“Tens of thousands died.”
“A million starved.”
“Loss of life was significant.”
Lives are lived in the footnotes of history books.

Kim Congram © 2018


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