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Look not to the past,
The time of used to be
The time already spent
It’s gone, it’s history.

I have no time to rue
The things that I did then
Mistakes I may have made
Lest I make them once again.

Don’t ask me to forgive
Your unkind words long gone
The clock will not untick
It must keep moving on.

Forgiving means reliving
What I’ll happily forget
Time is the forgiver
The thief of time, regret.

For life and time are one
And life that’s lived is gone
I’ve no time to forgive
Instead, I just move on.

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    Drew Martyn 7 months ago

    Wow! This is a stunning exposition of life and time, forgiving and forgetting, all of which you've linked together superbly in a well-scanned, well-constructed poem. Some striking lines, too, "Time is the forgiver/ The thief of time, regret" - amazing! I just can't tell you how much I like this, thanks for sharing Neville.

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    Neville Hunt 7 months ago

    Thank you very much Drew for such a positive reaction. It represents the way I am and think. I don’t really buy the concept of forgiveness, but I do move on... not so much forgetting but ignoring anything past on the basis that you can’t unwrite it. And I believe that it’s up to you to forgive yourself, rather than the one you have wronged, who, in forgiving is forced to revisit the reason for forgiveness... if you get what I mean. (There’s a whole essay I could write on it...🙂). Thanks again.

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    Drew Martyn 7 months ago

    Yes, I totally agree. True forgiveness can't be gained from other people - that helps, but it's rarely the whole answer. Being able to forgive yourself, and likewise to forget the actions of others, is the only viable way forward; it's the only way to find true contentment in my experience.
    I'd love to read that essay sometime, too ;)

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    LesleyAnne 6 months ago

    Thoughtful and full of emotion - loved it. Loved it on the first read through as well. It's given me some ideas too which I need to work on. Its also given me food for thought too.

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    Drew Martyn 6 months ago

    The more I read this poem, the better it gets :)

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