Yesterday’s Me

Music – Drift

Yesterday’s Me

Sometimes, I look back on the writing l penned,
And struggle to comprehend,
Who l was then.
Lines and verses from what seems like an age ago,
And the reality not far from that truth,
But that is it, isn’t it though?
Our role in life is to not stay as who or once,
… we were,
But to move on, to progress.
Otherwise, what is the point,
… if we learn nothing from any of our mess.

As l sift through the mountains of musings,
From forgotten times and moments,
I drift back through those years oft-confusing,
And try to fathom the components,
… that enticed me to,
Pen as l did and wonder why,
I was back then as l was, and the views,
Held that encouraged me to apply,
The thinking and thoughts of that time,
Committing them to paper as l did,
… in the way of perhaps endeavouring to understand,
These forgotten words later on sometime.

Yet here l am,
In a distanced time, many years on,
From those moments when l first penned,
Those lines of life,
To keep my sanity in check,
… to keep my thoughts in line,
Maybe knowing that one day,
… l would so step back in time,
And ask myself about the words from yesterday.

Am l yet learned,
And am l wiser than l was,
Have l moved on and turned,
The corner or have l returned,
To when it all began.

The man from yesterday, otherwise known as me, is no more.
Whilst, of course, always present,
… we are always there,
But we are just different, aren’t we?
Not unlearned,
Just older and wiser, and hopefully,
… more reserved.

Rory Matier © 2023

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18 thoughts on “Yesterday’s Me

  1. You’ve skillfully navigated the complexities of growth and change, recognizing the importance of learning from past experiences while also acknowledging the inevitability of transformation. “Yesterday’s Me” is a poignant reminder that our past selves, though distant and at times unrecognizable, are an integral part of who we are today. Let us take these reflections with us and progress toward a brighter tomorrow. 👍👏👌😊

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    1. Good morning Pankaj, thank you – that’s the secret to our personal success l feel, take from yesterday the learnings and apply to today so that tomorrow l am always moving forwards with yesterday’s wisdom. 🙂


  2. To see one’s own growth can be interesting and funny sometimes

    Hence the saying : the only way to be old and wise … is to be young and stupid lol

    I reread my things on occasion and be like omg I remember that, but seems like eons ago 😮 it gives good perspective on what have learned

    We are all shaped by who we are and the experiences we go through

    Then we can look back on life and smile for having made it ❤️🫶 – ish … sometimes … barely lol ✌️😘

    But we learn sometimes – when documented by own words is easier to see or know the growth ❤️ Can be quite something ❤️

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    1. Yes very true, we can see who we were and who we have become.

      I don’t often revisit any of my writing – l have revisited much of the poetry and of a 700 collection l have started to destroy what is no longer anything ‘specific me’ or re-editing’ again to refreshen.

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