Ghosts of the Past

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Who doesn’t meet them?
Who doesn’t get pulled in by them
Into those alleys we would like to forget?

I exorcised them, pushed them away
Away into the valleys of obscurity
Closed my doors despite their persistence.

I know they visit uninvited,
They linger in the shadows
To fan your wrath, to create ruckus.

The more you feed them,
The bolder they get
To add angst to your heart.

Only when you stop listening to them
Only when you accept the past
And forgive those you hold responsible

Only when you fight
The self-created demons
Only then, will they recede.

Serenity lies within your heart
But you have to stoke it
To let it permeate around you.
© Balroop Singh

Inspired from somebody who clings to the past and keeps wallowing in self-pity.

Thank you.

Many thanks to Colleen for a lovely review of my latest release – Slivers: Chiseled Poetry

For more poetry: click here to hear Magical Whispers


43 thoughts on “Ghosts of the Past

  1. This is so relatable and true. The best thing to do with the past is to accept and move on. The more we spend time analyzing, the worse it gets. Thanks for writing and inspiring people to move on.

    1. Self-created demons become a part of your personality and therefore lurk unnoticed unless somebody points at them. Thank you Jan for sharing your thoughts.

  2. I could see people clearly this applies to. It is difficult to see them hurt so much as they refuse to make choice to move on for themselves. Whatever we empower grows – very positive and relevant poem!

  3. This really shows how past experiences can hang on to us and haunt us. I love the ending and hope offered.

    1. Forward is the only way Mae but some people get embedded in time and inspire persons like us to write! 😀Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts.

  4. Great advice, Balroop. And being that it’s in a poem, embeds it into our brains even more. I think the ghosts can linger but we need to realize when they are taking over…then we have to change the channel. I smile when I read your inspiration…self-pity can be so damning. Another lovely poem!

  5. Great post. I believe we all know someone who wallows in the past. Memories are one thing. But those who wallow often do not realize they are depressed and need help. Be well, Balroop. oxox

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