the past is just the past, a poem



The past
is just the past
I say…
don’t let the anger
wash over you,
to let the pain
ease its way
into your heart.
Is it not enough –
it once held
power over you?
For some things
we must learn
to let go.
Like the waters
continually washing
over the stone –
let the past
smooth your edges,
let it help you
forge your ways
in correctness
where injustice or pain
once stood
in your way.
Know that –
what happened
does not define you
nor confine you
to the turmoil
that other people
or situations
You can mourn
the past,
let the sorrows
from the recesses
of your eyes,
let it wrack your soul
with pain
or you can
get back up again
and decide to fight
for everything
you believe in,
let the sorrows
lay waste
at your feet,
and show
the world exactly
what you are made of.

© Sumyanna 2017

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. A very heartfelt poem, Sumyanna. I wrote a haiku about this same things this week. Great minds think alike.


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you so very much Robbie. I am going to have to search for it (and I know I have a lot of searching to do!) Was sick… went on vacation and returned to get sick again. I’ve been out of the loop for a while now.


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