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Lessons From the Past - Response to the Word Challenge by Brenda Arledge

Umesh is a freelance writer contributing his creative writings on varied subjects in various knowledge and educational sites in internet.

Preface

This poem is in response to the word challenge 'lesson' given by our fellow hubber Brenda Arledge inspiring us to use it in producing some creative writing.

I have tried to create a poem on 'lessons from the past' and written the poem in two parts. The first part is full of apprehensions and doubts that come in our mind when we are not able to incorporate the lessons learnt in past to our future activities and feel that life had been a wasteful exercise. The first part has definitely a note of pessimism and defeat but it is also true that many people encounter these setbacks in their lives time to time.

The second part of poem is in an acrostic form and is in a way an answer to the first part. I hope readers would like this presentation.

Poem part - 1: Questions we often have

Childhood memories, full of mistakes,
Enjoying life, there was no stake.
Classmates behavior was taken on the face value,
There was nothing like real or fake.

Growing young was a pleasant surprise,
But mistakes were getting converted to blunders.
Not distinguishing between right and wrong,
Wasting time in emotional thunders.

Adulthood came with much more challenges,
Could not differentiate between love and lust.
Life became aimless with no direction in it,
How not to make mistakes had to be learnt first.

The phase of correction and rectification started,
The past actions seemed to be a great waste.
Lessons learnt were like a Pandora box,
How to use them was like a questioning blade.

At that fag end, lessons got accumulated,
Only to remind, the past follies and mistakes.
Where is the time to learn from them now,
Life is very short and there are no stakes.

Some lessons we should learn in life in time

Poem part - 2: Answer in an acrostic poem form

Learning from mistakes is essential,
Encapsulating us from risks in future.
Some people learn from mistakes,
Some others consider it as fate's torture.
Only those who correct their ways,
Neutralize the destiny's signature.

© 2021 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 26, 2021:

Chitrangada, thanks a lot for your exhaustive comment. Highly appreciate.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 26, 2021:

Very nice response to the word prompt, Lessons.

Indeed, we all make mistakes, while growing up, and even after that. But, each mistake, gives us a lesson. So many times, we get so much upset, if anything goes wrong. But, as we mature, we learn by experience.

You have expressed something, to which most of us can relate.

Well composed poems, and well written.

Thank you for sharing.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 26, 2021:

Vidsagster, thanks a lot for your visit and nice comment.

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 26, 2021:

Good response to Brenda's word prompt Umesh. There is so much truth in your poems. Life Lesson is ike a Pandora's box. Each and every experience is a lesson we learn. When we are old we realize it is too late to rectify the mistakes and we feel that life is short. Have a great day, stay safe and happy.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 25, 2021:

Misbah, thanks for visiting and happy that you liked it.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 25, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for your words of encouragement. Highly appreciate.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 25, 2021:

Splendid!! Sir, you did an excellent job with this prompt. I enjoyed it, and I believe we can all relate to it as well.

I loved these lines :

"Lessons learnt were like a Pandora box,

How to use them was like a questioning blade."

I loved both of the poems. Thank you so much for sharing.

Blessings always!!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2021:

I like your poems, Umesh. I think they are a good response to Brenda's prompt. Much of what you wrote in exactly how we go through life, making mistakes when we are young.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 25, 2021:

Brenda, thanks for your detailed review. Appreciate.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Umesh

In "Poem part - 1: Questions we often have" you remind us how as a child we made mistakes taking everything at face value.

As we grew into adulthood we couldn't distinguish between love or lust.

We learned lessons from pandora's box along the way and made corrections.

But later in life, we realize all the mistakes we've made as we discover life is short.

We don't have much time left to correct them.

In your "Poem part - 2: Answer in an acrostic poem form" you tell that by learning from our mistakes we can control of future.

The video you include is one that everyone needs to hear.

It's perfect!

I'll post a link in the word prompt article

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