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"Picture This" by Eric Wayne Flynn

Updated on November 3, 2015

"Picture This"

Picture this

Nothing more than a memory

Figments and fragments from the past


Fixated on the things we see

These things we saw

Back and then forth

Transfixing realities

Suiting the need for control

The possession of a moment

A proof, to prove, to exist

Trapped inside the past

These visions that we cannot let go

Prisoners of nostalgia

These moments we need not know


We, doomed to repeat; these things we won't let ourselves forget

We, doomed to repeat; the past, holding on to the future filled with regret

Rememberance; encapsulated by rote

If we never kept records then what is it that we would be

Without our history, our transgressions, our grudges then perhaps we could be free

So history teaches, well, what is it that he have learned

The repetitive teachings of society; status quo, another generation spurned


Energy, channeled into its proper place

Energy, flowing freely, no concern for time and space

No record of what was, is and inevitably all that will be

Picture this

Visions filtered through the soul for all the world to see

The gift, the grace, the vision, granted to us from out of the sky

Picture this.... now, focus

Envision the beauty of the moment, clarity, captured, sweet recollections fading before our eyes


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    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thank you Manatita, greatly appreciated.


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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thanks for the visit and commentary Missy, I agree with what you have said; as you said to be in the moment, capture the memory with the eye and heart and soul, and have a natural database of emotions and thoughts from the past, we must organically let go of things; now we have so much baggage and garbage aired out on the cloud and it is a societal stain and backlog of ugliness, if we let it go, well, we would have a clean slate (to a certain degree).


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      3 years ago from london

      Exquisite and powerful poem, Eric. Well done.

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      What a great vision. I tend to learn from my past by letting it go through my words; writing them down in explanation and poetry. Letting them go to be able to focus on the here and now. To me, when you think about it, there is no way to let go unless you find your own way to let go. The past has got to be set free, so we can keep a focus on the day, on the moments; making a new past to keep and set free another day.

      This was a great visionary poem Eric. While reading it, I was wondering how it would sound if the author(you) were narrating it. I think this would have been such a good poem to narrate with beautiful pictures of life flashbacks and maybe then concluding with space. lol...Yes, Eric, you probably guessed; I am weird!! Hey, I'm just me, and I like that about myself! ;) Take care!

    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thank you Whonu, I agree we do and have learned many good things from the past, my main problem is with the saturation of media (they control the false narratives) and with social media (people constantly judging themselves and others instead of being free). If there were no technology, cameras, and devices our human interactions would begin to increase and we would tap into what it is to be human again. ***There's so much here to harp on, it could be a thesis, but I'm lazy so I write poetry, ha. Thanks again, Whonu for the visit, it's greatly appreciated.


    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thank you Anasmom, very glad to hear that; my main goal of my work is to make people think; first and foremost my self. Thanks for visiting.


    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thank you Daveonline, I appreciate the visit and the kind words.


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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thank you Jodah, I appreciate it, always good to hear that you believe it's one of my best; you've read so many that you definitely are the main barometer of my work, and if they still improve and engage you, then that really pleases me.


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      3 years ago from United States

      Although we may certainly learn from our past mistakes...we should focus on the now. How may we improve ourselves as a society. We must be inspirational and very innovative for the future of our children. Nice inspirational work my friend. whonu

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      3 years ago

      I like this, too!!! Makes me wonder what a generation could accomplish with a new thought process instead of building on the past.... Thanks!

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      David Edward Lynch 

      3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      I liked reading your poem, it gives one something to think about...

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I think this is one of your finest poems Eric. Our future could be so bright if we would just learn from the mistakes of the past. I can picture that..


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