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Poetry from a Past Life - Part 1

Updated on October 24, 2016

In this next short series, I want to share with you some old poetry that was written years ago. I've shared some of these on others sites. Now, I'm bringing them to HP. When I say past life, I don't mean from another lifetime that I lived at some point. I'm really not into reincarnation. But I am referring to a different period of my life.

During my late teens and early 20s, I wrote music for a rock-nroll band. Most of what I'm bringing here is not actually poetry, but song lyrics. Further, many of the ideals and thoughts I wrote about then are not what I hold to today. God has changed so much of who I am. Still, we all have a past, and much can be learned from it if we take the time. Hopefully, l I've learned some lessons along the way.

The Background

They say the most important person in the life of a toddler is the mother. I believe that is probably true, Psychologists tell us that our life shaping is complete by the time we reach the age of 4. The mother plays an important role in that shaping. I'm also told that the most important figure in a young man's life is his father.


This is not a pity party. I'm just sharing part of myself with you. My mother left this world due to cancer when I was 4 years old. She was in and out of hospitals for the two previous years. I never really knew her.

My father gave in to multiple myeloma, and passed away when I was 21 - just when I needed him most. I'm sure there were many life lessons he could have taught me. Hopefully, through God's grace, I was able to learn some of them elsewhere.

This is the background of this first piece. It was written for my mother and father. I have to admit, at times I still miss them.


If` I Could Be Anywhere At All

Spent some time in the mountains.
Spent some time near the sea.
And if I could be anywhere at all
It be to have you here with me.

Days are long, nights are lonely.
Times are hard, so it seems.
Still, in my mind, I remember a time
When life was everything to me.

At times, I think I'd like to go back
To a place that I once knew.
But your memory still lives there,
And there's not room for two.

Spent some time in the mountains -
Coast to coast, sea to sea.
And in the black of every winter's night
Your ghost comes calling after me.

And in the twinkle of distant starlight
You're pushing so hard to be free.


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    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I'm reminded that

      God works ll things together for good. He is awesome.

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      2 years ago

      Beautiful poetry Bill. Pain seems to have a way of deepening us and can many times be the tap to creativity. I'm sorry that you lost your mom so young and your dad in your young adult years your poem really reflects that loneliness you must have felt.

      God bless and thank you for sharing.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I miss hubs all the time. Lori. I don't know whatever happened, but I don't even get a single notification of any hub any more. Anyway, glad you could stop by and comment.

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      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I don't know how I missed this. How sad to have lost your parents so early in life. Your lonelinessness and disillusionment is quite understandable. This is a beautiful peice.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Wow, MsDora! That ought to be a powerful hub. I'll be checking it out. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I appreciate the sentiments of the poem. It lends inspiration to the article I'm aiming to write about the presence of children around the dying parents' bedside. Thank you.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      Got it!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Good morning, Mr. Bill,

      I'm not really much at writing poetry, but I do admire those who can paint pictures with their words. I know of many good poets and wonder how they can produce such beautiful and meaningful pieces.

      I do agree some background information is helpful. Not all of the pieces I will be posting stem from experience pieces, but as you said in one of your mailbags, there's usually a part of the author in the story somewhere. Thanks for making the trip!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Shyron,

      Thank you for the visit. I Appreciate your comment, At times things were a little difficult growing up, but in the end, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. God's ways are always best. Glad you were able to stop by.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Faith,

      Good to hear from you! And thanks for the encouraging comment and share. Even though I miss my parents, even after all these years, they still live on. The reunion is coming. thanks again for stopping by!

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Know ...meant : )

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The background of a story or poem is always, I believe, fascinating and illuminating. Thanks for sharing your painful childhood story....beautiful work, Bill!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, this Really is quite beautiful

      With every word I can hear and see

      The heartbreak of a lonely child

      From missing his parents

      And a life for every child that should be

      God took them both because he knew

      You were and are strong enough to stand

      And grow up to become a Christian man




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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Bill, this is so beautifully touching! I love your poetry and thank you for sharing about your past life.

      I now your mother and dad would be so proud of you in this life. You turned out to be a fine man of God.

      I look forward to reading more of your poetry and insights in this new series.

      Beautifully written.

      God bless you.

      Sharing everywhere


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