Like Meeting Ghosts…

 

Memories haunt me from a time long past,

Like meeting ghosts on this journey of life,

But some things are better left unasked.

 

Lessons of loved ones tried to hold me steadfast

Things I should have learned, from wisdom so rife.

Memories haunt me from a time long past.

 

Embraced memories become like a ghast,

Bad choices I’ve made, hurt I’ve done my wife.

But some things are better left unasked.

 

Those are better lost to time than held fast,

For they hold me down and cut like a knife.

Memories haunt me from a time long past.

 

And I, I held onto to them at long last,

Choosing to grasp the good and let go the strife

Memories haunt me from a time long past,

But some things are better left unasked.

 


 

 

The title was inspired (stolen, completely stolen) from a comment that Jane Dougherty made on a previous post of mine. I laid down a challenge to her (in good competitive fun.. mostly just competitive though because she is an excellent poet), so let's see where this goes. This is also my first attempt at a villanelle poem, so please let me know where I can make this better (yep, I just asked you to tear this apart).

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R. Todd

I'm older than I think I am and younger than I feel. I'm stuck in the 80's but relevant to today (oh I hope that last part is true). I think I am more of an enigma than I really am, but somehow still confound those who try to figure me out (or they just look at me weird, so I infer that). And I really hate my first name. Husband, father, Navy Vet, cat owner (translate.. slave), wannabe writer, and all around big kid who is stuck in an adult world. Overall, I just... um.. something to something, blah blah blah. And that's all I got to say about that.

11 thoughts on “Like Meeting Ghosts…”

    1. Thanks, if you’d like, I’m sure there is plenty of room for you to join us in this “unofficial” challenge. I’d like to see your take on it, especially with your normal brand of humor added in (yeah, ok, there is nothing normal about your brand of humor, but that’s why I love it).

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      1. I usually avoid unusual rhyme schemes like the plague. Hard enough to think of something funny that scans and not have to worry about rhyme schemes but I’ve done a couple and always feel like I’ve accomplished something afterwards.

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