M.J. Lemon

Nostalgia - Poem by M.J. Lemon

All that has happened
is so good that it
deserves the memory,
the recollection, the vanity?
A war story?

Nothing would have changed
should have changed
Needed to be forgotten
long, long ago?

Some things you cannot forget
Others you want to keep alive
Either way, do they both belong
in the best of all possible worlds?

What about those times your mind raced
At the speed of sound but
the body couldn't move around,
Weighed down, as if lumber or the slumber
of rotting meat? Surely, that was defeat?

You forget that only a moment earlier
It was the other way around.

Eighteen months later
and all was normal.
But that was then;
this is now.

If all is so right with every single moment,
Why look so much forward
To the past?

Topic(s) of this poem: life, nostalgia

Comments about Nostalgia by M.J. Lemon

  • (5/10/2017 1:34:00 AM)

    If not for nostalgia, life would be rather bland. Don't you think so, M.J.? My poetic response:

    Lessons Learned

    Delve into the past
    Retrieve the memories
    The good and less-than-good
    Hold them to loving heart
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    (5/10/2017 12:39:00 PM)

    Amazing, Richard. Such a great response. Thanks so much.

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  • Valsa George (11/27/2016 12:34:00 AM)

    Some memories will linger in us for ever.... the sweet ones......we remember with nostalgia and the painful ones.... we want to erase from our memory for ever. However the past keeps resurrecting in us giving us pain and nostalgia in turn! Thus we often look backwards to! A great write! (Report) Reply

    (11/27/2016 6:09:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Valsa. I still keep wondering why at times those painful memories dominate, come so sharply back into focus. Thanks again.

  • Susan Williams (8/28/2016 5:03:00 PM)

    You just asked some very difficult questions, M.J. Personally I would love to flush away bad memories and let the good memories perch on my shoulders and chirp happiness into my heart and soul. But what would I learn from the bad experiences in life if they are flushed? Can we wisely create a better world if we do not have those memories both good and bad nudging us here and there? But then again, are we just repeating the past if we recall it so often and by doing so short-change the present? Dang it, M.J., now you've got me contemplating both sides of the worth of nostalgia- - but oh how much pleasure I get from riding those horses again who are long gone and far away and reliving the adventures of my brave and foolish youth.... sigh, now I am waxing nostalgic when I should be busy making new memories that one day I will be waxing over.... An extraordinary poem extraordinarily well-written, my friend. 10 (Report) Reply

    (9/2/2016 11:41:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Susan. You remind of what a famous person once said...I never lose. I either win or learn. I just can't remember who said it. But it suggests there's something nostalgic about knowledge, about learning...Thanks so much for reading!

  • Moira Cameron (3/23/2016 8:27:00 PM)

    I like how you combine a kind of internal rhyme with a free-style format. It really illuminates the words and images, as well as the effect of one's thoughts spinning. Neat! (Report) Reply

    (3/24/2016 10:44:00 AM)

    Thank you so much. What I am trying to do at times is write about events that begin and conclude over a period of time that may be no longer than a few seconds. So good to read your comment! I'm still evolving it (the style) , and am finding that as a result editing is taking even longer. Thank you again.

  • Bri Edwards (12/18/2015 9:59:00 PM)

    well, reading previous comments i've left, i see i've come a long ways with this poem over several months!
    but, i really didn't remember reading this before tonight! ! ! senility? ? ?


    my latest effort at a comment:

    “What about those times your mind raced
    At the speed of sound but
    the body couldn't move around,
    Weighed down, as if lumber or the slumber
    of rotting meat? Surely, that was defeat? ” ……………nice! yes, it sure SOUNDS like “defeat”! ! defeated meat! nice ‘internal rhyme’ I’ll call it ……….meat/defeat.

    you ask this QUESTION:

    “If all is so right with every single moment,
    Why look so much forward***
    To the past? ”

    one ANSWER could be that:


    “All that has happened
    is so good that it
    deserves the memory, ” so, we humans find that MORE than one present “..single moment..” is NOT SO GRAND, AND REMEMBERING THE GOOD PARTS OF OUR PAST GIVES US SOLACE AT TIMES.

    BRI :)

    p.s. *** depending on the definition of “look forward to”, doesn’t it seem strange to talk of looking “forward” to “the past”?
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    (1/6/2016 12:00:00 PM)

    Hi Bri,
    Great insights. I really like your current interpretation of the poem. I said most most people look forward to the past...because so many people want to turn back to the good old days, a practice they say is progress. And there's also Janus....Happy New Year, Bri!

  • Bri Edwards (10/2/2015 1:21:00 PM)

    let me try again. ;)

    Weighed down, as if lumber or the slumber
    of rotting meat? Surely, that was defeat? ......
    ............. i think i know the feeling, but LUCKILY it is only when i'm in bed, after a good nitght's sleep, and i have nothing i 'have to get up for'........except the call of nature..........so lie still enjoying the moment. it happens rarely and it is a nice feeling. warm too. but you are probably not talking about all that.
    ....rotting meat.... nice choice of words!

    i plod along one day at a time. there are rare moments of nostalgia. the day a male classmate in second grade (age about 7) kissed the girl i had a crush on, but i never said anything to either one...........until i told her about my crush................10 years later. the time i followed a bear (twice) into the woods when i was a Boy Scout at a camp in New Mexico. the time i had my tonsils removed and had ice cream afterwards. the time i fooled around with an unhappy married woman; she was not married to me! the time i was new on PH.

    an interesting write. oh! i said that in my first comment. NOW to put this into my/our October a showcase for PH poets on my poem page. thanks. bri :)

    Thankkkkkkkkkkksssssssss for the memorieeeeeeeeeesssssssss, as Bob Hope would sing.
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    (10/5/2015 1:42:00 PM)

    The great bob Hope....Now that does make me nostalgic. And yes, I do like your interpretation. Those fleeting nostalgic moments...they do come up, and at times serve up great memories. At times, they get in the way....Thanks so much. And the showcase looks amazing, as per usual.

  • Bri Edwards (9/18/2015 4:00:00 PM)

    i'd have to give too much thought to this one to feel my comment was worth leaving. interesting at least! of course i may forget it in an hour or so!
    bri :)

    let me look at another!
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    (9/18/2015 7:13:00 PM)

    Awesome! I hope I'm not writing popcorn poetry....may you remember. May nostalgia take its hold!

  • Roop Rekha Bhaskar (9/16/2015 4:56:00 AM)

    The title caught my eye. Nostalgia is something none of us can do away with. The questions that appear are so true. Most nostalgic poems have moments to carry us through. But the questions you ask sets our mind to think. I loved the last question which is an answer in itself.
    .Why look so much forward
    To the past?
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    (9/16/2015 12:51:00 PM)

    Thank you so much! And yes, as you say, nostalgia is something no one can seem to do away with. Yet why is it almost always involving turning every part of the past into something positive, wonderful, constructive....?

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (9/10/2015 8:01:00 AM)

    Truly, some things you cannot forget,
    Others you want to keep them alive.
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    (9/10/2015 2:27:00 PM)

    And sometimes no amount of effort will help you forget...Thank you so much for reading.

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/8/2015 2:23:00 AM)

    Marvellous expression with excellent phraseology. An intensive poen I like most. Thanks for sharing. .....10 (Report) Reply

    (9/8/2015 6:09:00 PM)

    Thank you so very much. I always find looking back at the past an intense experience...

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 7, 2015

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