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Present and past

Present and past
- - - - - - - - - - -
Loving me with the present
And what it is-
Burying the misty past
And loving me with the past
Means masking the sunny present
And in both I see wary light
Dazzling with pretexts at best-
Disregarding the past
And the present as well
An arrogant past being smoothed over
Unto a kind and humble present
May be a boon to all distressed
May bring solace to souls stressed
But why so disposed to dwell in the past
When it has me stranded
Merciless upon the troubled tides of the past
Those days were not mine
That you bring to me time and again
Those days have fled
And I look ahead to fair skies
For the days are running fast
And the present bears the truth
With which we see things aright
Though past and present have
Their own glories that bring things
To life sweet or sour as they like
To think of time
And to think of today
We see how it speeds by
And brings us to the verge of another day
And the sweet today
How resumes her day
With the descent of frightful yesterday
Bringing new hopes and new seasons
With every succeeding day…….

Submitted: Friday, August 08, 2014
Edited: Saturday, August 09, 2014

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  • Amitava Sur (8/12/2014 10:53:00 AM)

    A very elaborate penning describing present and the past. No one can exist without the other that is the bonding between them. (Report) Reply

  • Salini Nair (8/9/2014 1:47:00 AM)

    beautiful write on present and past....though we pretend to live in present our memories will slip us to past...............nice (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/8/2014 1:13:00 PM)

    Thoughtful poem on living in present. Do you mean to tell past never haunt one? If a child had scary past, will it not fear everyone in present. A person who had burnt down his hands, will feel the same burnt even in present, that's why he will keep each steps cautiously. The scars will often remind him of his mistakes or wounds of past.

    I loved the way you presented the poem. As it is telling past should never haunt present. Think the present to be something new....One should move forward forgetting past. I agree those who are successful they have done it. Still past leave some deep scars, though it may look hidden, but may lay hidden in surface. I feel it this way. May be I am wrong..Loved reading it. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/9/2014 11:43:00 AM)

    Many many thanks....Geetha.....I am humbled.....And I respect your views that how one can forget deep scars of yesteryears.....yes we are human beings how can we evade but if past always appears and stands as stumbling block it needs to be set aside so that it should not disturb the present........and I
    wanted to say....any way thanks for your valuable comment

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