The Past Can Hurt, But— | #Writebravely #Poetry

This post is written for Day 1 of The Write Tribe Festival of Words June 2018. 

 

An adage that I once read, goes something like this—

If you don’t learn from your past, you’ll be doomed to repeat it.

 

Often times, as the wise would say, we live by the choices we make,

Strange though it may seem to be; well, it should ne’er be the case.

 

Each morning brings us chances new, to invent our lives again,

Say no to dead relationships and dreary jobs for gain.

 

Pausing, doubting, questioning; to reflect and review again,

‘Think hard’—our past reminds us, ‘Who brought you joy? And pain?’

 

‘Think hard’—says life, ‘I’m giving you ‘nother chance that you might take’,

‘To change, learn and experiment; perhaps to set things straight?’

 

‘Think hard—Which matters of the mind and heart brought bliss unparalleled?

‘Whose warmth and friendship did you cherish most? And moments you dearly held?’

 

So, look back, if you must, at times; let life lessons follow you,

Just don’t let the past define you; they’re stepping stones for you.

 

©Esha Mookerjee Dutta. June 2018

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Linking this post with The Write Tribe Festival of Words June 2018. 

Prompt: “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – The Lion King

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My other posts from the #FOW may be read here:
Day 3: Farewell

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22 thoughts

  1. Beautiful take on the prompt. Full of positivity and guides the reader to introspect.
    Loved the lines:
    So, look back, if you must, at times; let life lessons follow you,

    Just don’t let the past define you; they’re stepping stones for you.

    Keep Writing Esha, #WriteBravely :).

  2. This is a beautiful way to express that one must take lessons from the past and use them as stepping stones rather than stay affected or engrossed in the past throughout our lives. This is the best take I have read on this prompt, Esha 🙂

  3. Well said, past doesn’t matter nearly as much as we think. We must leave it behind and used it as an inspiration to move ahead and reinvent ourselves!

  4. Very nicely written in poetic form which I love. But I hope we are not doomed to repeat a lesson not learned as sometimes we just don’t get it 🙂

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