A Warning To My Past Self

I live my life through the eyes of others,

trying to write myself out of existence.

It sounds dramatic

but the girl I used to be

would be horrified to see

what she’s become.


31 thoughts on “A Warning To My Past Self

  1. Some parts of the metamorphosis is more difficult to watch than others. But in the end we become who we’re supposed to be. Let life in and love yourself.

    Have a good weekend.

    • You’re welcome, “Early Start” is my favourite so far, and I’m looking forward to reading more. Thanks for taking time to read the poems here. I appreciate it. 😀

  2. I sense there is more to this wonderful poem – more to be added in the future. I feel that it is a story which is waiting to unfold – that was the finger beckoning and now we must wait.

  3. My middle-aged self might well have written such words about my younger self, and who I had become. Life can be like that – as humans we can have such a long cocoon stage, before the wings and freedom arrive. But in my grey-haired stage, I love how I live my life and most people in it – and the incredible choices and opportunities we have to ‘be the change we want to see in the world’. And as long as we can keep the internet relatively free, you and I will change the world. Thanks for what you do so beautifully!

  4. I’m not going to leave a comment, but just press like. Can’t find the like button so my pre-coffee squirrel is forced into interaction. So,….
    Commenting while my mind is still in bed is so intrusive. Glad I didn’t do it.
    Erm, wait. What’s this? A comment? D’OH.!!!

  5. Hello and thank you so much for knocking on my humble site and following.
    I am truly amazed and continue to be at the talent of people around the globe that were unknown to me prior to starting my blog.
    I liked your piece…what have you become though I wonder?

  6. Cheryl,

    Hi! john from the Book of Pain poetry blog( http://bookofpain.wordpress.com). I received a message that you have started following my blog and I wanted to come and visit.

    I am amazed at your writing output. I struggle for a poem every two weeks or so and blown away by your blogs. I wish I had your secret! Keep up the good work!


  7. That is a tightly pruned encapsulation of a broad subject Cheryl. Exemplary. As for the subject matter, perhaps you are in danger of tripping over your shadow, so maybe look forward not back or better yet, focus on the present. Also (from one who knows) other people’s eyes become less and less important with the years – you can look forward to that 🙂

  8. Best advice I ever received – be a voice, not an echo. It changed my life. That is, once I was able to set aside what others thought of me. I became what everyone else wanted – and it was AWFUL!
    Excellent writing.

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