Chasing Yesterday

old lady

Chasing yesterday

Time has stolen her looks

The mirror treats her, with disregard,

She looks at it once, and it disappears in a blitz of shards

So she doesn’t bother anymore, with the glitz and garb

All that’s left are reminders of beauty in the films she’s starred, in

Vanity consumes her daily, while unhappiness fills in the margin.


Scared of a reflection, even stays away from glass

Because no matter how many times she’s looked,

In it, there’s never a face from the past.

Can’t get over it, like cutting blades of grass,

The pain always grows back, as if to ravage her heart.

Never goes out in public now, afraid of lenses,

And magazines with damaging remarks, about

How the curtains are always closed, how’s she managing in the dark?


The plastic surgeon is the only one who ever phones,

When it comes down to it, the surface is all she’s ever known,

And buried deep, beyond where all the stitches were sewn,

The doctor finds nothing but a void where only the sickness has grown.


When the insides ugly, you’re washed up and empty,

Nothing more than a shell,

When listened to, all you hear is the sea, with no story to tell,

Type of person, who wishes they’d spent more at the well.


lion around 2

22 thoughts on “Chasing Yesterday

  1. Somewhere in the past I imagine that cute little girl making another choice to fill her life with something else… I think good looks can be a burden too..

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    1. Definitely, a different kind of burden, and if they are ill equiped to cope with it i.e. they have poor self image then it must be like trying to hide a masterpiece among crayola scribblings.


  2. Aww

    so profound; fierce and lovely verses!

    Wat I believe is!

    Som peopl have beautiful past! to recall to remind and smile
    some have horrible!

    But one thing is sure! That past affects a lot at wat we r at present!
    No matter how hard we try!
    It doesn’t remain un touched—-Past experiences and todays activities!


    have a good day Mate: )

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    1. Very true. New age bs tells us the past is the past etc etc, but no one can escape what has gone before, what has happened before shapes everyone, unavoidably.
      Thanks for you insight iso-girl ☺

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  3. Wow! This is powerful and in many ways – so sad. As a father the only thought that came to my mind was – she was once her parents’ angel.

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    1. Thank you Eric. And yes, that’s the thing, in fact an important point. People become who they are as a result of their past, but not many take the time to think about that when forming an opinion.
      Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Nice work once again.

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  5. This was amazing! Loved the rhyme scheme, loved the flow. And the message is a meaningful one.

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    1. Thank you Jade glad you liked it ☺

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  6. Wonderfully written.


    1. (Your comment got caught in the spam filter for some reason) Thank you magarisa!

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      1. You’re welcome! 🙂

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  7. Well written (not rotten) and poignant.


    1. (Your comment got caught in the spam filter for some reason) Thanks for reading Darjena 🙂


      1. You’re welcome 🙂 and mt. Lion try to skip those “r”s from my name. 🙃😊

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      2. I know you love Darjeeling tea, but unless you are ready to call me darling, keep it simple: Dajena 😝😝

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