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Don't Touch Old Wounds: a Poem

Updated on July 30, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

There are times and they could be many

when mind would bring up what should have been gone

some old memories more painful than any

like nothing has healed and just keeps going on.

Then before we know it life stops in its tracks

with the gloom of that memory spoiling all fun

as if piling all our misses and lacks

with obsessing over things that were said and done.

Like every passing face is looking down on us

recognizing grudge tormenting our heart

despite clumsy attempts to stop all that fuss

it poisons our life and its every part.

Could we let it go once and for all

and stop slaving to phantoms made up of shadows

allowing ourselves to take that joyful stroll

among daisies and butterflies of a sunny meadow.

So, don't touch those wounds, allow them to heal

life doesn't always have a taste of desserts

but much more is left to experience and feel

that will put a balsam on those old hurts.


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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      ThreeKeys---To be honest with you, I don't know. Some readers seem to prefer it in form of a poem---and here I just discovered that some others don't. Wouldn't it be nice if we could satisfy everybody's taste?

      Let me remind you that here we don't write texts for a prestigious scientific journal, and when I touch a theme in a 1500 word article, it can't be elaborated like in a book.

      Besides, HP rules require that we make our articles readable for a wide public audience, not making it too technical.

      Thus, in my view, this is not a place for complex "analyses" of any sort, so I am quite comfortable writing my satirical or other poems about human nature.

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      Threekeys 3 months ago from Australia

      I am commenting.

      Analysis paralysis and judgements Vladmir.

      Maybe articles serve your nental astuteness better rather than presenting article content in a poem. Yes?

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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      ThreeKeys---You are right, but a poem was not meant to make an exhaustive analysis of all possible scenarios---it was only about those cases when it IS beneficial not to touch old wounds.

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      Threekeys 3 months ago from Australia

      Sometimes its beneficial to deal with wounds and other times it's beneficial to leave the wounds in the background. The hardest part is figuring it out.

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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      Venkatachari---Yes my friend, life seems to be a strange cocktail, at times setting us "high", and at other times making us sick. But that's one that we can't give up like other cocktails---until the "bartender up there" kicks us out of his bar.

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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A beautiful poem with a great message. One should realize this fact of "life doesn't always have a taste of desserts". Rather, I think life contains some little favors of pleasures and happy moments through many hardships and discouraging lengthy times.