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Notes From The Past (poem)

Updated on August 15, 2013

24th Street San Francisco

How different now it all seems to be

The notes from the past which took me away

Those things which yet toy with my memory


Are these the streets which set a youth free

Adventures delights to which I would stray

How different now it all seems to be


Were these the doors which once sheltered me

They opened to hope and closed off dismay

Those things which yet toy with my memory


A page out of time was my family

Which made up a part of pages today

How different now it all seems to be


From terrors abuse and hardships I’d flee

And still they found paths to nightmares to play

Those things which yet toy with my memory


From ashes of storm grew a mystery

Who found in darkness a brighter array

How different now it all seems to be

Those things which yet toy with my memory


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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I sometimes feel this way when I go back to visit my home town. As time passes, we view things differently and it helps us sift through to healing.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is amazing what can trigger a memory, good or bad, and then the same flood of emotions returns, just like it was yesterday.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. So many things play on our memory. Fantastic hub.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Memories can be bitter-sweet - I love the way you have expressed it in your poem.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Very interesting and haunting.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is very beautiful, memories can hurt or make you happy. My wish for you is happiness...

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      DJ Anderson 

      5 years ago

      "From terrors abuse and hardships I’d flee

      And still they found paths to nightmares to play

      Those things which yet toy with my memory"

      I once had three changes of cloths for school. I prayed that

      no one would notice. I made excuses for the switch marks

      that broke the skin on my legs. It was a hell that no child should ever live in. It is here in anonymity, that I can let

      some truths see the light of day. It messes up the very basic

      thinking of a child, when the person who they look to for love, protection and guidance, are the very people who take a switch

      and whip them 'till the blood runs down their legs and across their back.

      Martin, you touched those hidden memories, but you did so

      in a piece of work which is beautifully written.

      Our past is never far behind us, is it?


      Martin, you have captured those moments of abuse and the

      memories and nightmares that forever plague me as an adult.

      Your work is pure genius.

      You have found a way to bring grace and beauty to words

      that tell your story.

      I don't recall this song. It perfectly describes the plight of

      a soul in need.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting about memories, sometimes one can't escape their past experiences

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I guess not all childhood homes harbor good memories. When home isn't sweet it's time to find a new one and start making happy memories. Very nice poem, Martin.


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