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Clouds of the Soul

Updated on March 3, 2011

It has taken me years to realize that the past and the future are but mere illusions...over which I have absolutely no control. I have lost many golden opportunities while entertaining regret and fear... playing the "if only"... and "what if" games in my head... The only thing I have control of is my NOW...if I choose to seize it.

"if only" and "what if"
are clouds of the soul
that shadow the present
with threats of control.
opportunities vanish,
hope appears lost.
such empty desires
don’t merit the cost.
"what ifs" and "if onlys"
Lay forfeit the now,
the most valuable gift
that Time can endow.
Life is too short
To waste time at hand
chasing illusions
but drawn in the sand.

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    • BeyondMax profile image


      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      A powerful message, Marsha, I am so stuck with those chains of 'what if' and 'if only'... they are clutching me tight like there is no tomorrow...

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      BenWritings, thank you. Rest well!

    • BenWritings profile image


      7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      well, im glad i read your comment lol

      this is fantastic, and has great meaning to it

      what if and if only...clever idea. i will read more tomorrow. as of now i have a ten hour shift, requiring slumber

      up, awesome, beautiful, useful

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you, Fossillady! I so appreciate your read and comment!

    • Fossillady profile image


      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Well spoken, formulated, created, soul searched and inspiring the profound truth!

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Moment in Time, thank you. Its kinda funny how this poetry thing works...most of the time the words that appear are messages I need to hear...

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      Moment in Time 

      7 years ago

      This is so true! I am really bad at doing the woulda coulda shoulda! Good is too short!

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      peotvix, thanks for taking the time to read and leave such a sweet comment!

    • poetvix profile image


      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Really good message contained within this really great work. Totally awesome!

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      jessica.written., thanks so much! I have lost way too much time playing the "what if" and "if only" game!

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      7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      that was awesome. and you cant control it. its true. great work- really made me feel it.

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      hipcio, powerful quote, something for me to ponder upon, for sure! Thanks you!

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      7 years ago from Poland

      "But even now it is manifest and clear that there are neither times future nor times past.

      Thus it is not properly said that there are three times, past, present, and future.

      Perhaps it might be said rightly that there are three times: a time present of things past; a time present of things

      present; and a time present of things future. For these three do coexist somehow in the soul,

      for otherwise I could not see them. The time present of things past is memory; the time present of things present

      is direct experience; the time present of things future is expectation. If we are allowed to speak of these

      things so, I see three times, and I grant that there are three.

      Let it still be said, then, as our misapplied custom has it:

      "There are three times, past, present, and future." I shall not be troubled by it, nor argue, nor object--always provided that what is said is understood,

      so that neither the future nor the past is said to exist now.

      There are but few things about which we speak properly--and many more about which we speak

      improperly--though we understand one another's meaning. "

      St. Augustine - Confessions

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Spirit Whisperer, Thank you for the read, and the lovely comment. These little messages in poetic form seem to be God's lessons that I need to hear, when they present. It is a joy to share them.

      Suzzy, You got that right! Lifetimes, some days. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!

    • suzzymilkmaid profile image


      7 years ago from pennsylvania

      Hey love, Be Here Now, is a great thought which can take life times to accomplish. Thank you for presenting this idea so beautifully.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile image

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      A beautiful expression of something we all share. Thank you.

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      justom, your comment brought a little smile...that is the current goal...i do tend toward intensity at in progress here

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      7 years ago from 41042

      I heard a song years ago called "No Expectations" and the seed was planted to not take life so seriously. I try to live every day without much worry, things always work out. Good hub! Peace!! Tom

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      cracked, this is a message i need to hear as is just too easy to let the "now" slip through one's fingers while toying with regrets of the past or fears of the future...thanks for the read and feedback!

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      7 years ago from India,bangalore

      Meaningful poem with a clear message My dear !

      Thanks for sharing this and letting all those

      (including me) who clutch the past too tightly know that its better to concentrate on the present rather than 'wat ifs' and 'if onlys' of the past..


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