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David Wood

(07 April 1950 / London)

Enigma


Does the past control us
Or do we control the past?
If what we are told by historians
About some consequences
Of an historical action, do we
Control that fact or does the fact
Control us?

The consequences of an action
Can condemn in the future, or
Be a salvation, whichever the
Case may be, perhaps the
Past we may not be able to
Control but neither can we control
The future, only the present.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 23, 2013

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  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/19/2013 3:46:00 AM)

    This is the classic of Mr David who brought such a lovely poem and I also read the comment of our wise poet, I appreciate too now this is a debatable poem we must go hand to hand...past which has happened and not far we knew and the past which is far its truthfulness can be judged through History...whether right or wrong...it's like a ghost..once we can't judge how one can judge, , History is a great mystery and future has got no physical form only got the mental form so both can't be control but the present which is happening can be controlled here there is chance to abandon where as past and future got no such key only conditional sentences works well wrote Mr. David thank to read this poem and above all to read the comment and make the comment is a good chance (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/14/2013 8:44:00 PM)

    We can only control the present but it is gone in no time. They say history repeats itself and we see many instances. We learn history but we still make the same mistakes - wars and more wars. We need to make small change in the present for more good in the future. Beautiful thought provoking poem. (Report) Reply

  • Aswath Raman (8/14/2013 2:37:00 PM)

    Past, present and future. Even that is uncontrolable I guess. If we had a dimension of time then it would be different. Neverthless, our action, which leads to consequences (Irrelevent of the materiality) creates a chain impact on time. Something like touching a swinging pendulam.

    A beautiful write sir! (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/14/2013 8:19:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem....I am unsure of myself that can I control present too...I found that nothing I could control. just remained a spectator knowingly this is going to happen...May be thats my view of life..
    Wonderful write and made me rethink...Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

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