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Valsa George

Retracing My Footsteps

I want to go back to my past
When tame pigeons of joy nested on my eaves
And I could hear their crooning
With the sweetness of love outpouring

I want to go back to my past
When innocent instincts ruled my heart
And I ran after every call from the woods or bush
Mesmerized by the whistles of the oriole and the thrush

I want to go back to my past
When every rainbow and every peacock feather
Ignited curiosity in me as a child
And coloured my imagination wild

I want to go back to my past
When, with friends, I sat in the mango grove
And savoured the ripe juicy mangoes
Careful not to let the pulp drip down our mouths

I want to go back to my past
When we strolled along the sandy strands
Watching the wild waves' fray
And cooled by the kiss of spray

I want to go back to my past
When we had watched at night
A hundred fireflies dancing around the *neem
Wondering if they were stars fallen from heaven’s seam

I want to go back to my past
When, like breeze, we ran over the meadows
Looking for the bleating lamb
Singing in chorus, ‘Mary had a little lamb’

I want to go back to my past
When life appears a trying test
With ‘the slings and arrows of an outrageous fortune’
And when I feel so desperately alone!

Submitted: Saturday, March 01, 2014
Edited: Friday, March 07, 2014

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* Neem is an evergreen tropical tree full of leaves and having a lot of medicinal value!

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  • Veteran Poet - 3,527 Points Md Asadullah (3/20/2014 10:45:00 PM)

    So many good memories of your childhood days, I can relate to the paragraph which talks about fireflies around neem tree, In my childhood days once we were passing thorough jungle in northen India boarding a narrow gauge train and I saw many fireflies aroung one tree, It was magical, as if I was in fairyland. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,962 Points Soulful Heart (3/15/2014 12:59:00 AM)

    its so so beautiful to revive those moments of our days when we were like butterflies...............yes we all wish to bring back those moments.... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,273 Points Patricia Grantham (3/13/2014 8:09:00 AM)

    This lovely write reminiscing about the past brings
    back to me so many good memories. I couldn't help
    but smile when you bought back some of those things
    that I could reflect on. I may not live them again but I
    can think and ponder about those beautiful moments.
    Thanks for the memories. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Mervyn Graham (3/12/2014 9:53:00 AM)

    Some parts of my childhood I'd rather forget other thoughts I look back with a smile, it's better to hold on to those lovely thoughts. Lovely... thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 199 Points Kavya . (3/10/2014 3:02:00 AM)

    I think everyone of us here would like to go back to dwell in our past, as tough times are awaiting ahead...life is and was never easy at any stage: -)
    a gud write Mam (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sreelekha Premjit (3/8/2014 10:12:00 PM)

    I travelled back to my past and could easily identify with your wishes..... beautifully captured feelings of nostalgia.. thanks for sharing such a beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (3/8/2014 1:34:00 PM)

    Hi Valsa, with these words you brought us back to your past, and I'm sure yourself too. And even in the now of the present, the trying tests and the slings and arrows still arrive but we see and understand them in a new light and are more capable of dealing with them and in mitigating any traces of aloneness. Great write! Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,018 Points * Sunprincess * (3/5/2014 7:38:00 AM)

    .........loved reading every word in each line.... and enjoyed going back with you into the past in each stanza...you have some wonderful memories....wish you have pictures of all of these...so you never forget any... these are a treasure... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 145 Points Joseph Anderson (3/3/2014 2:30:00 PM)

    I share with you this deep longing for the past and wish I could express these longings as
    poignantly beautifully as you.. Sometimes in our dreams we can revisit that glorious time.
    This is beautiful and sort of choked me up (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,381 Points Diane Hine (3/2/2014 8:52:00 PM)

    Our happiest times in life occurred before we learnt to tell the time - very nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,571 Points Savita Tyagi (3/2/2014 11:49:00 AM)

    Forgotten lore of child hood have so much appeal. How I wish to go back and climb those mango trees or run and catch a ripe mango. Lovely poem to feel the nostalgia. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,527 Points Md Asadullah (3/2/2014 11:37:00 AM)

    Only if wishes were horses, time passes by quickly and we are only left with nostalgic feeling: ( (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,745 Points Amitava Sur (3/1/2014 9:23:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem rekindling the sweet memories what we have passed though. Hence who does not want to go back ther..... but alas! ! ! ! ! ! ! Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,543 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (3/1/2014 8:05:00 PM)

    Everyone wants to go back to one's past. The glorious days are always remembered they are always in front of the eyes. We must live in the present remembering them. A poem of great beauty. Thank you for touching all those days. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,319 Points Geetha Jayakumar (3/1/2014 1:02:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem Valsa. Past is really filled with innocence. Your poem took me to the past where we used to climb guava trees, while returning from school we used to steal mulberries...Those days are gone. Peacock feathers we used to keep as a treasure inside our favourite book, telling it will bring luck. Many many things to remember. I loved reading your poem. You have portrayed it very well. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,026 Points Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (3/1/2014 11:27:00 AM)

    As time flies by and nearer we come to the end of our pilgrimage almost forlorn and alone, we yearn for our
    quiet past.............Valsa.....as usual a great piece.........loved it (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,206 Points Pradip Chattopadhyay (3/1/2014 8:41:00 AM)

    I want to go back to my past
    When we had watched at night
    A hundred fireflies dancing around the *neem
    Wondering if they were stars fallen from heaven’s seam
    In this beautiful poem of longing, I love this stanza the most. (Report) Reply

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