June Stepansky

Exploring Happiness #35- Imprinting - Poem by June Stepansky

I once read a book
about a child
who was neglected by his parents,
and who saw from his window,
a crane
working on the building next door.
And interacting with that crane,
he developed crane-like movements
and crane-like language.

So, perhaps, do all of us
through our infant pores
imprint escape, or anxiety, or safety
just below the level of reason
that comforts or plagues us
the rest of our lives.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Shakespeare understood that “The past is prologue.” Although some of us may try to forget our past, it will always be part of who we are and what we have become. Since we have all been children, none of us can escape our time of vulnerability to whatever influences, both good and bad, we may have experienced.
As adults we must try to re-evaluate these childhood experiences, and assess how they may still be affecting our daily life.
If we find that some of these past events are a continuing source of difficulty, we must then make the effort, if possible, to understand and change these influences so that we can minimize their negative impact on our lives.

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Every man is his own ancestor,
And every man is his own heir.
He devises his own fortune, and
he inherits his own past.
Francis Herbert Hedge

To design the future effectively,
You must first let go of your past.
Charles J. Givens

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 24, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, June 24, 2013

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