Then and Now

Then and Now short poem

I left myself behind, I left my all behind
A new beginning I thought lay ahead
Yet as time went by
Caught was I once again
In a tug of war of emotions
One side lay the things they felt
On the other lay my self intent
Pulled to my breaking point
Forced to make a choice
I chose myself
I left myself behind, I left my all behind

The rose tinted glasses shattered
Around me I heard them clatter
The world around looked
Just like the world I left back at home
No new beginning, no different end
The backdrop was different
The theme was the same
The actors were different
The play was the same
Soon I realise
There is no difference
There is no end
But now I know better
I clearly see the trend
Easier are the choices to make
Tougher though the options may be
I am the master of my own life
In this knowledge happy will I be

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Andria D'Souza

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I come from a place of much fear and yearning. Yearing for that little extra that life has to offer which is just within our reach and fear that when faced with that yearning well withing my grasp will I ever have the courage to face up to it.Words have always been a way to make sense of the jumble within, it brings me clarity and makes things a reality. Nothing reflects me better than these words below.I stand watching the waves crash against the shore, leave back some things on the beach and take some things away with it. On and on tirelesslyit goes. "Stop it, stop it now!".But no one is listening. "Don’t take so much away, I'll have nothing left." The sea calls out, "But I’m leaving so many things back." Angry tears spilling over my cheeks I yell, "I don’t want what you have to give, I’m happy with what I have. Take away your so called gifts leave me back with what I had. Give me all that you took away from me, return what you had no right to take." The sea replies, "Not unless you see what I have left you". Strolling along the shore I find the mysteries of worlds far away at my feet, all within my reach. Think to myself I do, can I be mad for the old things been taken away from me when what I have always secretly hoped for is to have the mysteries of the world at my feet. I hear the gentle voice againm "Do you still want me to take it away?". "NO! NO!", escapes before I can control my words. The sea replies "That's what I thought". The sea drenches my feet and moves away digging my feet deeper into the sand.........
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Easy to write about but not so easy to do..you convey your message beautifully through the difference in the portrayal of Then and Now

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