Sunday, November 15, 2020


Writers' Pantry #46 and some thoUghts on 
Submitted to Poets & Storytellers United 
November 15, 2020 

I fell one night into retrospect
a melancholy place to be 
reviewing all the mistakes I made
on the way to becoming me.
When I was young I knew it all
at least I thought that was so
It took some lessons hard to learn
to separate real from for show
The day came when I was wiser
and I felt I was downright smart
but just when I got my head together
my body fell apart.


  1. Oh I can definitely think of a few lessons I wish I had taken to heart sooner than later!

  2. My flesh and bones and brain echo these truths. The things we would've been able to accomplish (and prevent), if we knew then what we knew now. And if we had the physical strength and endurance we had then to do what we want to do now.

  3. 😁nice😁one Bev
    Thanks for dropping by my blog today


  4. I love how philosophical your poem began and the unexpected twist ending!

  5. Isn't this the truth. Enjoy your day.

  6. Oh, I find myself thinking of my mistakes too. I literally shake my head to stop myself doing so, it makes me too sad and there's nothing I can do to change the past, or what those mistakes made of my life now.
    I do appreciate the fun ending you gave at the end!

  7. We spend so much time learning that when we know enough we find we are too old to make use of the information.

  8. Wonderful! I liked it so much, I read it aloud to my husband and he laughed at the-truth-of-it, as well.

  9. Oh dear! *Splutters of laughter* – the laughter of recognition and fellow-feeling.

  10. Ha ha. Poets are so like stand-up comics sometimes. A good punch line hits home.

  11. "On the way to becoming me" -- That's an interesting way to think of it.

  12. The next-to-last time I saw her (before voluntary lockdown) a friend said: "You get your life figured out, and then you die."

    The sad part is, I think her emotional mood came from fighting COVID19 while in denial.

    Medically she's much younger than she looks and probably 100% fine by now. How many people she's infected, working three jobs? Another question.

  13. Hit the button too soon. Anyway, I read this as a more poetic way of saying the same thing; hope you were writing it, as I'm about to share it, for someone else.