To You, My Younger Self

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You sit for hours
before rising/setting suns
and wait for life to happen
day by day.
Time passes by.

Or like the flurry of a gander
touching down upon the pond
or egret taking flight
you leave the now behind
to hurry through each day,
those tasks unfolding
till the years catch up to you
to slow you down.

Now, you remember.
and you know what counts,
and I forgive that wasted time,
(so-called) that were but steps
along the way.

Come along to dVerse Poetry Pub. Today Kelly is asking us to write a letter of forgiveness to someone from the past who is no longer here. I know; I twisted the prompt a little, but the reality is, we can’t recapture youth. Invite your poet friends. We would love to welcome some new pub crawlers.


22 thoughts on “To You, My Younger Self

  1. Baydreamer says:

    Lovely words to ponder, Victoria…


  2. claudia says:

    your poem really made me think about my own youth as well.. there’s a lot of things that i would do different if i were young again – but then – all this made me who i am – sometimes it’s just good that we cannot turn back time
    have a lovely weekend victoria


  3. 5h2o says:

    Very beautiful. And such truthfulness.


  4. I think I get it. We have to lovingly say goodbye to our youth. Very beautiful!


  5. paper sea says:

    This is beautiful.


  6. That is such an inspiring and profound poem. Where is Poetry Pub?


  7. Bryan Ens says:

    If only we knew then what we know now, how different we would be…but then again, if we knew then what we know now, we would be different people than we are…


  8. to hurry through each day,
    those tasks unfolding
    till the years catch up to you
    to slow you down.

    One is to accomplish them in the early years. Old age may present difficulties. Rightly so Victoria, great write!



  9. Kate Mia says:

    So true in Love there
    is no time but steps
    to now..
    to fall
    in love
    with now
    is to rise
    with Love
    a generating
    Force within
    seeking to connect
    with no needs or wants Now..:)


  10. This is a lovely twist. We can’t get back our youth and we need to let go of any regrets and forgive ourselves.


  11. Bodhirose says:

    Truly if we were less judgmental and more forgiving of ourselves we would all be a lot happier. Well said, Victoria.


  12. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Lovely reflection upon the past.. sometimes all we need is to forgive the mistakes we made. Beautifully rendered 🙂

    Lots of love,


  13. I love the forgiveness at the end


  14. This is so kind and sympathetic – something I think everyone needs to read.


  15. markwindham says:

    I think we all hope to get to this point; where we realize what we wasted, but it is ok, it was life and there is still living to do.


  16. Grace says:

    Such a lovely letter Victoria ~ This part spoke to me:

    I forgive that wasted time,
    (so-called) that were but steps
    along the way.

    We all learn along the way 🙂


  17. Mary says:

    I think that most people hurry through those years when they are young. They can hardly wait to get to the next thing – and meanwhile time passes without them realizing it. And yes, in the end, we need to forgive ourselves for our rushing….or for our wasting of time…or perhaps just accept the fact that that is how life WAS and concentrate on making today just what we want it to be.


  18. There is so much truth in this. we need to rush, but yet enjoy what happens… there are so many things you cannot do… sometimes it feels like doors are closing, or paths are getting overgrown.. and there we stand…


  19. kelly says:

    This really touched my heart, especially the middle stanza. That feels like so much of what life has been lately, and sometimes all I want is to slow down, just a little. But you are right, all of it counts for something, each minute a step along life’s way.


  20. Vonita says:

    This is so lovely, time passes and before we know it, it is gone from us xx


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