SHADOWS OF THE PAST :silhouettes [ A POEM ]

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SHADOWS OF THE PAST : SILHOUETTES [ A POEM ]

Sometimes, it is hard to erase the past mistakes in ones life. To some, it continues to haunt them while others learn to live with it but a few ve learnt to write about it and continue to live. This poem writes of what goes through the mind. Enjoy!


SHADOWS OF THE PAST : SILHOUETTES [ A POEM ]

At the palm of my foot, I looked

A colossal iniquity

I perused a keg

A collection of pain



A congregated sorrow

The taunting soul

The back breaker

I looked at time



Flashes played my intelligence

I watched with a distressed face

Panting in hopelessness

Grasping for breathe

An ancient curse

A sin of yesteryears




A lie told with force

That was the beginning of disaster

Many years ve counted

Its shadows re back

Chasing me like a bee

Making me a disaster



It has cramped my morale

It has brought me plagues

I am lost in the shadows of my past

Silhouettes ve caged my heart

But am relentless

Knowing that there is no future without the past

I will stand & let the future rule my past.

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Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

That was a very nice and heartfelt sentiment. When I read it I can feel your pain. Thank you for sharing. Keep looking ahead. Learn from the past, live for today and plan for the future.


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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Very moving poetry, Urbanichijioke. Yes, past mistakes, and so many of them, can haunt us forever, but, as you said in your poetry, we canot let the past rule us.

Good job!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

An intriguing work. Well done!


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AmaTainted 5 years ago from Texas

i have to agree with Hubertsvoice and SubRon... it good to be aware of your past so that you dont repeat it but always look ahead. its easier said than done but we are all on our own learning curb and sometimes it takes a few trys to set ourselves straight. (dont look at my path! it looks like a ball of twine...)


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Our past follows us like our shadow. This is a wonderful poem.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful and well done. Looking back can bring either good or bad memories. Going forward is the key..Thank you for sharing....


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A poignant poem you have written here.

The key 'I will stand & let the future rule my past.'

We all make mistakes. It is those mistakes that lead us to be who and where we are now. The main thing is to put those mistakes in the past where they belong. They cannot be changed. So tuck them away and live for today.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

My motto is "leave the past where it belongs- in the past." Focus on the NOW, not the past and not the future. Live for today...take one day at a time. God bless, Ubani!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

We can always learn from the past, the key is to move forward. Live for today!

A great poem and voting up, best wishes MM


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

'Learn from the past, live for today, plan for the future' great words that will guide any who is trapped under this web. I can't thank you much Sir Huberts, but my heart appreciation shouts your name so loud. May you find peace, joy and happiness everywhere you go. Am indebted to you. Be blessed


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

up, useful, awesome, and beautiful Ubanichijioke. I know how daunting of a task living with regret is for sure. You are right, them shadows can follow us and haunt us our whole life. Even though we can't live in the past, sometimes we have to fix things from the past to move to the future. This poem hits home my friend. You have to live for right now and the future. Brilliantly written.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

My dear Sir James, thanks for the kind words. Even though our past hold mistakes daunting, we must rise against it and forge ahead. A great comment from you Sir, always warms my heart. Be blessed


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makusr 5 years ago from India

Ubani,

Greetings from MAKUSR. I must first compliment you on a very dashing photo of yours that you have chosen for your profile. Next is the hub. You are a fine author and renowned face here on HP. You do justice to your reputation and have penned an emotional piece.

Knowing that there is no future without the past

I will stand & let the future rule my past.

These two lines sum up your poem and its direction. Voted up!

Lots of Love,

MAKUSR


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

My sincere gratitude goes to my dear WillStarr [the great storyteller] your kind words of reasoning rules my world. Am glad for the comment and wish you all the best.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Dear Ama, it is always hard to forget the past mistakes. As you said, it is easier said than done. But we must strive on hoping for the best. I so much appreciate your support here. I am wishing you blessings and happiness. Peace to you my dear friend.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Great words from Vinaya. True words indeed.

&

dear always exploring. As you said going forward is the key.

I owe you all for the kind words and feedback. Peace shall reign supreme in your lives. Be blessed


jenubouka 5 years ago

Very beautiful poem.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

My heart of gratitude goes to my lovely, sweet & graceful women

Rosemay

Susie &

MM

Three adorable, awesome and inspirational ladies.

Your kind comments is well appreciated.

Wishing you all peace, love and happiness. Be you all blessed!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

My dearest lyricwriter, you gladden my heart with your wonderful words. My prayer is that we all have a better future. Peace, love, blessings and happiness are all yours. Be blessed


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Hi Ubani,

Well said indeed that there is no future with out a past.

Fortunately, we all have a past that we are not happy about...but gotta move on since; staying there will make us bribe of our future.

Peace to you!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

My dear Sir Makusr, great writer, poet and talented storyteller. Am glad to read your ravishing compliment. Am glad you like the profile pic[blushing].

Thanks for the kind words. Mercies and abundant goodness shall forever court you be blessed


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Great words from Jenbouka and my dear Ruchira, yes hope for a better and brighter future is our prayers. I wish you two all the best life has to offer. Lots of love


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear ubanichijioke,

The title of this piece drew me right in... how powerful from beginning to end...

I mirror the comments of makusr precisely, voted UP & AB.

I am enjoying these comments... so heartwarming to see how everyone appreciates and loves you/ your work, mar!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

We will never be able to live a life with no regrets. What we do with them defines our future. Great work of word art you created!


Sueswan 5 years ago

Beautifully written.

We need to learn from our mistakes and not dwell on them.

We can't enjoy our life to the fullest if we are stuck in the past.

On Friday night I saw a play called Fela about Nigerian activist Fela Kuti. The show was thought provoking and filled with so much energy. I really enjoyed the sounds of the "afrobeat."

Voted up, up and away!

Take Care


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Thanks my ever loving and sweet Mar,

i thank you for the kind words. You re golden, sweet and gorgeous.

Please, remain blessed.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

True words dear Homestead[Cindy], one thing i ve learnt is to ignore my past.

Thanks for your kind comment. I appreciate.

Be blessed


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Wow! I know you enjoyed yourself as i believe his play must be captivating. He was a great man and social reformer who hated government and all their shady deals. Am glad you enjoyed the 'afrobeat'

dear Sue, i wish you all the best. You re most loved


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carolinemd21 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

Beautifully written. Your words flow wonderfully. I have felt this way in the past. Thank you for sharing. :)


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Thanks Caroline for the comment. Once or twice we ve passed or experienced this phase in life. But we must continue to fight on.

Thanks


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Sweets21 5 years ago

Wonderfully written!! Voted up!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Thanks sweet21 for the kind comment. Am glad. Bless you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

very nice poem, Alexander. You are gifted. I enjoyed this immensley


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Thanks PDX for that wonderful comment. I am thrilled!


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

This is a very beautiful poem indeed!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

you're welcome, uban


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos Author

Be blessed Chanroth and PDx for your ever kind presence. I am blessed with you two. Be blessed!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

very kind, Uban. I hope you had a fabulous New year


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Your words are filled with spirit, and deepness indeed, its my turn to follow you as many have before, because I sense you have a greater purpose on hubpages than many.

Like myself I'm also a poet so I see as you do in many ways, and your temperament as a writer. I commend you for having such courage too share these thoughts with us all. Voted up!


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LadyFiddler 4 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Nice Poem!!

Yes we all make mistakes that we regret but mistakes are for a reason to learn the hard way or to do better the next time. We are humans and will all err to errors and sin. Our desire should be to strive to do better and we have God as our friend who is most willing to HELP us along the way


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos Author

Dear wonderful cloudexplorer and my adorable fiddler, your kind words ve reached my heart and chilled my soul. I am so blessed having you two around. Lots of love


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Life Iz Beautiful 4 years ago from India

I believe that a writer/poet leaves behind his part/soul in each and every work of his, one (reader) just have to relate to it. This poem is really a truth in everyone's life, but how we all accept and face is what matters. Your optimistic approach of life is reflected brightly at the end of your poem, "Knowing that there is no future without the past

I will stand & let the future rule my past."

Beautiful poem.


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos Author

Thanks my Gorgeous friend. Your words have reached my heart and I am glad to read 'em.

Have a blessed day.

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