Five Years Ago From Now

June 8, 2011by

Goya, Candle Hat
Goya, "Self-Portrait in the Workshop" (1795)

You are on the right path
so stop wondering about Frost
and his road not taken
it isn’t yours–don’t hesitate, though,
to memorize it; that was a good idea–
I have learned from it
along the way about the rhythm of loss
and gain
much from it still
You will have
faded and grown in many ways, so
keep just enough
in and the right things out
of the grey.

You will grow
out of your tenuous Norwegian roots
more slowly than I would wish
for you from now, but
I won’t hold that against you;
change moves the other
way, to when
You will have become
better adjusted,
in some ways at least,
thank God not to the things
the power-hungry and spirit-starved world
imagines will make you
well.

You need to know
more than you know what you need,
even if you are looking
in all the right places, even
if you were to close all the
right doors
I still wouldn’t be able to show you
the folly of it all
You will have to reach the end
on your own, where you will find
you still want
it all,
the understanding with
wisdom,
the truth with all its
wealth,
until everything you desire
cycles through, and you finally
learn to let
and go
again.


Inspired by Corbett Barr‘s #Trust30 prompt, Five Years:

There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years?

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You …
I …

You will …”]

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