The Curse of Nostalgia

Some people prefer
to stay in the past,
fearing the future
– a map far too vast

To all those memories
they hold on tight,
unwilling to let go
like the string of a kite

Afraid if it soars
it’ll float too high;
forgetting to ground
and going awry

Their rosy lenses
lie fairly askew,
only giving them
a nostalgic view

It takes courage
to loosen that grip,
embrace the present
and go on a trip

What the future holds
no one really knows,
but being stuck in the past
is not how life goes

© Sanch V @ Sanch Writes (16 January 2019)

***Written for the Wednesday Verses prompt ‘kite’ by Vinay and Reema***

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  • Rachna
    17 January 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Loved the poem. I agree that nostalgia is good once in a while but one needs to be rooted in the present to make the most of it and focus on the future.
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  • Lata Sunil
    17 January 2019 at 5:08 pm

    So well said. I know someone who does exactly this, living in her past. She refuses to look ahead always thinking of some nostalgic thing we did in our childhood days.

  • Shalzmojo
    17 January 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Lovely poem Saanch – good to see you back at it!

    Nostalgia ia over rated in my opinion as I prefer to live in now and today!

  • Debbie D.
    19 January 2019 at 11:09 am

    Good poem! 🙂 The older I get, the more nostalgic, it seems. But, reminiscing and being “stuck in the past” aren’t the same thing, IMO. I feel it’s vital to get out there and make new memories before time runs out. Life is short!
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  • Esha M Dutta
    23 January 2019 at 10:01 pm

    So good to see you writing poetry again, Sanch! I love nostalgia and much of what it brings me in the form of fond memories but, then, some part of me nudges me to look into the future as well. So, I kind of straddle both worlds on some days, because I think both are important to me, as each has its’ own place.

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