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H.O.W. Letting Go Of Yesteryear.

Updated on June 19, 2013

On this dark and gloomy Winter's day

with dusk fast approaching

I had walked through fields,

over mountains,

down lanes until I end up in front of

a classic and beautiful thatched roofed cottage !!!


But no not just any old cottage;

Oh no and there was indeed a cutting reason

why my skin crawled with goosebumps

and my heart thudded in extravagant haste.

A thin wisp of smoke curling in an almost sucking fashion

came from the chimney;

and upwards towards sweet heaven.

Swirling to giddy heights.

As if in the body of another ;

in an almost clockwork fashion

I am drawn to the nearest window of the cottage.

The warm and cosy scene inside

touched my heart as never before.

I was peeping through at the family's kitchen

where a girl and boy

were stretched out in front of the Aga

both engrossed in completing

this gripping jigsaw puzzle.

Laughter so sublimely flowing

to fill each nook each corner,

each crevice

of this warm and happy family home.


The Aga forming

the hub of the home

and I could hear the whistling kettle reaching boiling point

before a lady who could only be Mother

was pouring the water into a

cosy old brown teapot to brew!!

Fried potatoes,cabbage and onion crisping up on the old well used frying pan;

today known as 'Bubble and squeak.'

Another door of the Aga opens to reveal

kindling drying readily

for the task of lighting the Aga in the morning.

However as warm and endearing all this was

what I saw next would overcome the rest;

in front and squeezed up tightly to the Aga

was a new-born orphaned lamb.

With a an exagerated heartbeat

I carefully creep round

to the back of the house


with my nose pressed to the window .


I saw that familiar outline of the Old Welsh Dresser

adorned with a blue and white dinner set;

many bills seemingly ,carelesly crammed into a

beautiful and fragile looking tureen!!

With a rush of emotion I remembered

the two dogs sat each side of the dresser

complete with beautiful

golden chain and leather collars..

An open fireplace held a newly lit fire

ready for the family to retire to at the end of another busy but fulfilling day.

Oh how could I have forgotten

the large framed picture of Highland cattle

on the high ground of Scotland.

I feel a stirring

almost as if the very final pieces of life's jigsaw

were slowly falling into place.!!


I turn to the garden ;

in its midst stood a dove coot ;

a picture so familiar!!!

Three snow white doves coo in heavenly tones ;

simply adding to the enchantment of the hour.

White washed walls;

apple trees in clusters,

busy and careless footsteps

seen in the newly turned fertile soil.

A Stoat slinking by

as the stream

at the bottom of the garden

tells its many tales;

nostalgia returned

in sweet hushed tones.


In almost the very same moment I feel a rushed feeling,

almost a tugging from my heart

which I knew without a single doubt

were those cruel memories of yesteryear being kicked into oblivion ;




eternally !!!

They may at times

leave a little bitter aftertaste

from the cruel rusted chains.


an aftertaste

so slight



eternally shattered,

never to be re linked.


She allows her mind's eye

to travel back to yesteryear;

she is once again

the little girl who knew

Mother Nature's kingdom

better than she knew herself!!

However this memory

only stayed for an instant


in it place slotted the memory

of the happy family scene

from a few minutes before

Never again to simply exist ;

to simply scratch the surface.

Oh no now was the time

to delve deeply

to find those hidden talents

always there but so

psychologically hidden.

To walk radiating that inner pride

that inner warmth

and to finally be able to

love oneself.


Magical blossoms grown in clusters

oh how they rained golden stars

thriving trees growing to almost heavenly heights.

So proudly seeped in echoes of love.

A red rose so true

Rich anemomne's from carpets so rich;

New layers of compassion waving freely

Each future so rich so wondrous

Songbirds singing;

Under the trails of scarlet dusk ribbons

Dew drops Mother Nature's tears of joy.

Everlasting beauty ;everlasting love.


Such happiness

A fresh new start

A heartbeat away

Bringing that sweet promise

a promise I sing to the world

Each echo and reflection of one true love.

That guide to follow to entice

Each shadow cast away

That path of love

Such happiness.


A life so bleak ?

is not for me.......................

A river flowing

in effervescent mode...................

Each mountain caressing

each proud swelling moment...........................

Each glistening dewdrop

tears of joy................................................

Each daybreak sings

a rhythm of echoing love.............................

Stand up,speak up,love yourself

and make sure you are counted.......................

Heartfelt beauty and warmth.
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    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Gail and enjoy your day.


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      Gail Meyers 

      5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      Your poems are so beautiful and this one is no exception. I also love the picture of the cottage. Voted up and shared.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much sweetie1 your comment is so appreciated and here's to many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Have a great day.


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      5 years ago from India

      Eiddwen, this is a very beautiful poem and i absolutely loved the house in the picture. Very beautiful.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much tillsontitan for your kind and caring words. It is possible to rise above and to learn to love oneself. I am so glad you enjoyed this one and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.


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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      First it is picturesque and then it slips into depth and beauty. How lovely and pastoral the tiny cottage...but then the thoughts and release of cruel memories, shadows cast away, and love of self! How much you have said in this wondrous piece. Eddy, you always go higher and higher.

      God Bless, and many more beautiful words to come!

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Hi tim thanks for taking the time to read ,and your comment so greatly appreciated.

      I now look forward to reading many of yours also.

      Enjoy your weekend.


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      Tim Mitchell 

      5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Nice! with a Very, Eidwen. I am now ready for a cuppa coffee, the front porch chair, and maybe a few of the neighbors cats are still snoozing too. I have no need of my own, seems they are just there.

      I applaud this epic verse. I wish I may touch what you have brought to my eyes this morning one day of that fair land.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so mcuh Cyndi and yes you are spot on it is indeed a mixture of imagination and memories.

      Your comment so greatly appreciated and have a wonderful weekend.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you also Lesley for this comment which I can assure you is so greatly appreciated.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here. Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

      Lots of love.


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      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful poem. You found such wonderful images to match the words. Maybe a melding of imagination and memories? Either way, nicely done.

      Take care.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Susie and I am so glad you enjoyed this one.

      Your kind and supportive comment so greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day.


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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      I am simply gob-smacked Eddy! Speechless..

      The depth, the honesty - the style...the uniqueness...

      The raw mouth is still hanging open..

      i have no idea what an aga is - a fireplace i'm thinking? - but - this walk back through your memories let me see a tiny piece of your soul, my friend!

      this is on my fb page - and elsewhere!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Wow, what a beautifully written piece, you are such a talent my friend. This really brought to life scenes I can see in my new rural surrounding with thatched cottages smoking chimneys, families eating "Bubble and Squeak", it could be set here. Gorgeous imagery my friend, all the votes, shared and pinned on !!

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very muCh to






      for taking the time to read and comment.

      Have a great day.,



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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for the inspiring words. Jamie

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      Joshua Nyamache 

      5 years ago from Kenya

      Cruel memories of yesteryear should be buried, let the past belong to where it deserves to be. We have today to make a change, a positive difference of tomorrow. This is a wonderful that is gives hope.

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      5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Nice poem, tells a story. The pictures attracted me to giving it a read. You did a good job with this one.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How in the world did this slip by me? Sigh! This is beautiful and perfectly reflects the person who wrote it.

      sending love to Wales


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Eddy how did I miss this beauty.. of course all your hubs are so beautiful.. I hope you had a great weekend.. but of course it is early morning in wales..

      many blessings



    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much to






      for each and every wonderful comment.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us all to share on here.

      I wish each and everyone a great day.


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      Girish puri 

      5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Stand up, speak up, love yourself.....lovely poem Eddy. God bless.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely poem, Eddy. I used to love bubble and squeak! Nostalgic reminders of yesteryear indeed.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The songs of these refrains make me seem just like I am a fly upon the wall of this scene at this house, filled with love, kindness, and animals...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Isn't it wonderful when we learn to love ourselves and forget yesteryears? Beautiful Eddy..BIG hug..

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      "...and finally to be able to love one's self." Eddy, I think those are the most meaningful words in this piece. You give a beautiful portrayal of an emotional journey. When it all comes down to it, love of one's self is the key.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      So nice to see you on here storytellersrus and your comment as always so greatly appreciated. Lots of love


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very mcuh kellyteam;your comment is so greatly appreciated.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.


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      5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Such effervescence! Such exuberance! Strongly felt, Eiddwen.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much as always Janine ;your comment as always so greatly appreciated.

      Lots of love


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you as always Rasma and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Jeff and here's wishing you a wonderful day.


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      5 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful. Voted up.

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful poem and lovely message as always!! Hope you are having a wonderful Monday and send you a ton of love, too!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Fantastic, just incredible. Enjoyed this and the pics. Passing this on. Hugs.

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      5 years ago

      Wonderful poem Eddy. Voted up, awesome and shared. Wishing you a great day.


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