Ghosts from the Past

Updated on July 5, 2018

Ghosts from the Past

I gaze at the open meadow…
and I hear the voices of children
as they run through the poppy fields
with arms outstretched to catch the butterflies.

There's a little girl playing
dress-up in a backyard.
She is a world-famous actress.
Giving a speech to her captivated audience,
she pauses to take a breath and revels
in the feeling of such adulation.

An awkward teenager is
going out on her first date;
daring to kiss a boy,
she wonders if he will ask her out again.
Fearing that her parents might detect
the blush on her face...
she lingers outside till he has gone away.

A young woman is
setting off on an uncertain course
in hopes of discovering her purpose in life.
She still sees the face of the young man
she was so smitten with…
but they were forced to part ways,
on that fateful day.
In her heart, she harbors a wish
their paths might cross again...
but destiny often makes other plans
than the one we would choose for ourselves.

A mother to be is
filled with the anticipation
of her child soon to be born...
It isn’t long before he takes his first steps
and on the first day of school,
she reluctantly turns to go...
knowing that she must relinguish a part of him,
as he grows.

A child becomes a caregiver
to a beloved parent;
every day, draws nearer
to the time when they must part.
Taking her hand in hers,
she whispers, “I love you,"
before she is gone from this earth.

Now, an aging grandmother,
looking at her grandchildren
and seeing her life in retrospect,
I hug them with with a sense of urgency
that life demands...
as if for the last time.

The ghosts of the past merge with the present,
and somethings change
while others remain constant.
Life is transient, fleeting;
we have little time...
and I, too, will become
only memories to those
whom I leave behind.
Let me grasp the moment in... daylight
before the solitude of night.

-Lora Hollings

Cherish The Day

Cherish the days, the moments spent with loved ones, the beauty that is around you, and memories that brought you joy and wisdom.

Time is Like A River

Continuum

What is this Beautiful Music called Continuum?

What is the Continuum?

To me, it tells a story about our ancestors who came before us carving out a life in a new land and living in harmony with nature so that they could bring forth more life into their new world... sharing their joy, the new knowledge that they acquired, and their love. This continuum is a sacred gift that we’ve been given to go forth in our lives and acquire new knowledge and insight illuminating the path of those who will come after us… so that with each new generation, greater knowledge and wisdom will bring forth a better life and world for those generations who come after us.

The repetition of the chords played by a combination of wind and string instruments represents the continuation of generations as a constant while the voice of the violin represents change and progress; change as we acquire more knowledge which leads to new discoveries and ways of thinking. Hopefully, we will continue to move forward embracing a higher ethic in our treatment of others.

We are the proud descendants from those who loved freedom to the point that they were willing to fight for it and give their lives for it. A nation who is proud to be made up of immigrants who also bravely fought for the cause of freedom and whose wonderful contribution to our diverse culture cannot be denied. Our strength as a Nation is built on our Democratic principles of governing with fairness and equality. “With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All." We cannot become oblivious to the important lessons we acquired from history if we are to remain a Democracy and stand strong in what we value most and the legacy that we will pass on to future generations.

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    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      4 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you, Lora,

      Masterful as always.

      I enjoyed the continuum, carrying us along to our new destinies.

      I agree. We do need to love each other and our planet as your great poem points out.

      I loved the line involving the caregiver. I do believe in a loving universe and it will reciprocate always in some way when we express love.

      Thank you again, Lora.

      Much respect,

      Tim

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      Venus Mary 

      5 weeks ago from Panamá

      Hi Lora. A very beautiful poem full of valuable human feelings, which describes moments that people live, sensitive moments that are ephemeral but that mark time with memories that will last a lifetime in the minds.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      5 weeks ago

      I'm glad that you liked the progression of life that is illustrated in my poem, Frances. It's amazing how quickly a life does pass and so we must try to compensate for its short duration by being more "present" in our own lives or living life with an attentiveness to the miraculous gift that we have now and to reach out to our loved ones and realize the preciousness of every moment with them for soon they will be gone...and we won't ever have that chance again! I think that gardening is not only a wonderful way to spend our time but as you say, it is also a way to help our planet. Thanks for reading my article and your comment!

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      Frances Metcalfe 

      5 weeks ago

      I like the way the poem charts the progression of life. We grow our own vegetables and try to avoid, as much as is possible, contributing to the destruction the world, but we are quite aware it's a miniscule contribution.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Thank you Pamela for reading my article and taking the time to comment. I’m so glad that you enjoyed my poem and liked the themes expressed in it as well as the continuum. Yes, I would always like to think that there will be people on beautiful planet earth; generations after generations. I hope that humans will become wiser about the importance of taking care of our earth and its rich diversity of life whose fate is inextricably linked to our actions. Future generations are dependent on us to make the right choices now so that they will also have a chance to experience the wonder and beauty of our planet.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Such is life, and it passes by so quickly. I think your poem was wonderful, and it really speaks to me of the generations in our genetic line. I loved the continuum, and I thoroughly enjoyed this article.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Thank you for taking the time to read my hub and commenting, Natalie. I was delighted that you found my poem, “Ghosts from the Past,” so meaningful and really enjoyed the themes of my article.

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      Natalie Frank 

      3 months ago from Chicago, IL

      What a beautiful article. The poem also, is stunning. The image of a continuum and passing things forward along time is so poignant. Thank you for a lovely piece.

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      Atai Ami 

      3 months ago

      OHH! What a creative writer you are!.you just give us a new prospective in life ..we don't have much time to think all of that

      but you describe about the natural beauty and short life very well

      that will encourage us to enjoy our very short life and fell the natural beauty..

      give us more like that

      thank you

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      Ashir Intesear 

      3 months ago

      wow! what a poem you write! that's awesome .you just point out an important thing that is the beauty of nature and we have to enjoy it in our short life time. we totally forgot about the natural beauty.but you pointed in out and give light to it very well ...

      well done

      keep writing for us thank you

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      Intesear 

      3 months ago

      I like your poem. you describe about short life of people. yes we have a very short time in our life to enjoy to express our-self . you describe well about the natural beauty around us . we should enjoy that. If we unable to enjoy our life our life will be miserable...thank you for remembering us about the natural beauty and short life with your poem

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      Asly 

      3 months ago

      I am not an essentially inspired by verse but rather your verse simply constrained me .you show us by your verse how our life passing so fast

      we have a short time to enjoy our life and see the beauty around us.In the race of life we totally forget the beauty around us we don't enjoy much.by reading your poetry i feel i missed a lot of time in life and looking for over come .

      thank you for writing such a poetry...

      kindly continue written work.

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      Ashir Arian 

      3 months ago

      I am not a pretty much interested in poetry but your poetry just forced me to stop and read the full on . your poetry forced me to think about my life.. what am i doing ! life is just ending. what have i done so far .How much i enjoy my life how much i enjoy the beauty of nature and what i have done for others.. I am starting my life a fresh .. your poetry just change the prospective of my mind. your writing skills and choice of words is great..

      please keep writing.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Helen for your compliment. I’m glad that you found the message of this poem to have much value and that you also appreciate it on an artistic level.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Bruno for your thought provoking comment. The beauty of nature as well as the time we have on this earth to enjoy them are both precious gifts. But, we must act now to stop our destructive ways or future generations will not inherit this beauty if we aren’t mindful of our obligation to preserve nature and its great diversity of life.

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      Bruno G. 

      4 months ago

      You have practically made me to open my eyes to the wonders of nature and beauty around me.

      Mental Exploitation of environmental beauty and reality can be achieved with the line Lora has dropped.

      It's simply amazing.

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      Marianne H. 

      4 months ago

      Please how can i get more of this? Its unimaginable that i can find quality poem with descriptive and illustrative words.

      The words are alive and has ignited the inner me.

      This is real good and it's worth it.

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      Helen Scott. 

      4 months ago

      The message conveyed in this poem is valuable and cannot be underestimated. It give the real definition of art work from an experienced writer.

      I would have read few lines and leave the rest as i use to do, but this time, I cannot resist the lines.

      Thanks to nature and Lora

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Lauren for stopping by. I’m glad that you have a favorable opinion of my writing and this hub. I appreciate your compliment.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting Kevin. I'm glad that my poem evoked images for you and that you found the experience worthwhile.

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      Lauren Taylor 

      4 months ago

      This is interesting, I must commend your writing skills and choice of words.

      You've got a quality one per say. i wouldn't mind mind getting more of this frequently.

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      Kelvin Coulter 

      4 months ago

      Oops! its amazing i stumble on this poem. The most interesting part remains that i kept creating a mental picture of each line i read through.

      I had a worthwhile experience,

      Thanks.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Klausewitz for your comment. I appreciate your candor and your insight. It is amazing how fast life goes! The moments are golden and that is why we need to spend our time doing things that give us joy, love, laughter, a sense of purpose, challenge us, and are a source of spiritual fulfillment too.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you John Mark for reading my poem and I appreciate your comment. I’m especially happy to hear that you liked this phrase so much and found it so meaningful that you wrote it down. That is the ultimate compliment!

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Ali for taking the time to read my poem and your thoughtful comment. Losing family in the last few years has made me more aware of how little time we really have and how precious that time is.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Ellen for your comment and I hope that new paths will soon emerge for you bringing happiness and brighter times ahead. Life certainly can bring hardship and pain sometimes and it can be difficult to bear. But, if we can somehow focus on the beautiful moments that we have had with someone dear to us who maybe quite ill or who no longer is with us, I think it can help us to heal as we always feel their presence... that they are near us in our hearts and minds.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Sophie for your lovely comment. Seize the day. Today, I live as though tomorrow does not exist.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you for your compliment Mary. Yes, I do believe that what we experience at different times in our lives become powerful lessons on how to live today. I’m glad that you found that phrase to be particularly meaningful to you.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Arushrouy for dropping by and taking the time to write your very encouraging comment. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the poem and your opinion is valued!

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      Klausewitz 

      4 months ago

      I'm not a big fan of poetry, but I must say that your work captivated me. It left me thinking about how fast life goes, and how we must try to enjoy every minute. Thank you for your beautiful poem, Lora.

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      John Mark T 

      4 months ago

      "The ghosts of the past merge with the present, and somethings change

      while others remain constant."

      Wow. Beautiful phrase, it sums up life itself. I wrote it down, it's so meaningful. I hope to read more of your works in the future, you are a very good writer.

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      Ali Aguirre 

      4 months ago

      Such lovely and touching words...I hope a lot of people can read them. May I ask what inspired you to write this? I would be very interested in knowing. Thank you.

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      Ellen Petersen 

      4 months ago

      The paragraph of the young woman touched me deeply. I'm currently going through a similar situation, it's been hard. I just hope that all has been for the better, that new paths will open bringing joy and happiness.

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      Sophie Lopez 

      4 months ago

      What a beautiful poem! Each paragraph left me thinking. Life is truly short and full of constant change. I look forward to reading more from you! Good luck with your writing :)

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      Mary142 

      4 months ago

      Great Poetry Lora, While reading your Poem, I was going through my life once again. what I was and what I'll be.

      Thanks for reminding me what life is with these lines "The ghosts of the past merge with the present,

      and somethings change

      while others remain constant. "

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Ellie Ann for your eloquent comment! Life is both happy and sad because it is so fleeting but it is has its beautiful moments that do mark it and make it very worthwhile. We must make the most of it by being more aware and thankful for this precious gift never taking it for granted!

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      Arushrouy 

      4 months ago

      Well written Lora, you have an interesting style of poetry. A beautiful poem with elegant word play. It clearly shows a unique view to the life we all live, as well as your passions for poems. :)

      Keep Writing!!!

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Jayakrish for your awesome comment. I remember those poppy fields vividly with the butterflies and the joy in running with such abandonment. The moments add up to a lifetime and we get so caught up with our busy schedules that we ignore our own needs to renew our spirit and spend time with family. We need to learn to focus our awareness on the present moment so that we don’t miss out on what brings us lasting happiness.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Francis for reading my poem and leaving your gracious comment. It helped make my day very special! I’m honored that this poem touched your heart.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Jai,

      Thank you so much for your generous compliment,"that each word spoke to you." I’m so glad that you enjoyed this poem and that you could relate to it on such a level.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you for your insightful comment Paul.

      The poem does center around one life and the reader becomes synchronized with the pace of the poem. The subject of the poem, reflects back through her entire life from a child to an aging grandmother and significant moments in her life. This person thinks back to when she was a young mother waiting with anticipation for the birth of her child. And then, as the days pass so quickly, before she even realizes the great change that is now about to happen in her relationship with her child, he is now starting school. Yes, life proceeds so quickly and that is why we have to grasp the moment and do our very best to live each moment to the fullest and with a presence of mind. And as she says in the last stanza: “I, too, will become only memories to those whom I leave behind.” We are as ghosts in our own lives, as we look back and see the person we were at each stage, but never being able to go back there again, and only able to recall the memory of ourselves, and the memories of those people who have been close to us become only a collection of memories and images- fleeting and flickering in our consciousness… like ghosts.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Thank you for your beautiful comment Dennis. The young woman who becomes a mother also at a later stage in her life becomes a caretaker to her own mother. Thus, their roles become essentially reversed. Her mother, at one time, took care of her as a helpless child and now she is taking care of her mother who relies solely on her. The poem through its verse and chronology of events, shows the reader how quickly time passes. From the time we are children to the time we are young adults deciding on a chosen course, it seems perhaps like we have so much time, but then when we look back, there seems to have been hardly any time at all and we find ourselves in middle age trying to account for this passing of time! Where did this time go? It’s as if a door has been permanently closed behind us. We must make the most of our lives as they are unfolding right now.

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      hunainabrar 

      4 months ago

      I have never read post like this. it is a very interesting story and also a passionately story. it is not a simple post infact it is a inspirable story which tell us discipline of love and life. This story teaches to my heart. I thank you very much Lora for this great post. I want to request Lora for written more posts like this.

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      Elli Ann 

      4 months ago

      Like its name suggests, there is something both beautiful and haunting about this poem. I like it. From the progression of life through specific, pivotal moments to the reflection of watching new generations grow to tell their own stories.

      It makes me feel both happy and a little sad. Life is so short, so fleeting, and yet there are beautiful moments that mark it and make it worthwhile.

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      Ravi Kumar Saravanan 

      4 months ago from Singapore

      The poet of Lora Hollings clearly depicts the entire life cycle of a girl since she born till she demise.It is so true that we have nothing to leave in this world only our memories ;so grasp the moment.Thank you for the beautiful words.

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      Ashpon77 

      4 months ago

      Hello Lora,

      Your poetry comes with a great message in the right time, we are not paying much attention and value to the beautiful moments. As said, in working for a living we forget to live. LIVE THE MOMENT. Superb Poetry!

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      dhanaj 

      4 months ago

      I really enjoyed the poem Lora. The poem sheds the light to small but important things in life which are forgotten in this busy world. I really liked the poem. Hope you will use your talents to reveal the hidden beauties of the life, just like this.

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      Jayakrish 

      4 months ago

      I am speechless after reading your poetry. "they run through the poppy fields

      with arms outstretched to catch the butterflies." These lines reminded my childhood days. You walked me through the whole life with your poem from the begining to the end of human life. Also, you provided a great message and advice. We need to grasp and enjoy the moment we have. Lora thanks a lot for this beautiful poetry GOD bless!

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      francis tennison 

      4 months ago from iceland

      Dear Lora,

      Wonderful poetry! While reading your "Ghosts from the Past" it touched my heart and to be honest I felt like crying. There is so much love and care in your poetry. I appreciate that. I read your poetry twice. Wishing you Great success!

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      Jai 

      4 months ago from Chennai

      Hi Lora,

      This a fabulous poetry. Every word is full of life and each word spoke to me. Thanks a lot for this. Your poetry writing style is very good. You covered the whole life in this single poetry.

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      Paul Severe 

      4 months ago

      Dear Lora Hollings,

      Wow, Amazing and awesome Poem. Thanks a lot for sharing. While reading your poem I went on a quick journey from childhood to Aged person. I was so moved while reading it. I like these lines so much "I, too, will become only memories to those whom I leave behind. Let me grasp the moment in!"

      Your Friend,

      Paul

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      Dennis Ruto 

      4 months ago

      I just can't have enough of the "Ghosts from the past." So captivating and interesting to read. The flow of events is worth noting, showing how life and love are intertwined. I thank you, Lora, for this great work.

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      Kevin Moore 

      4 months ago

      What a beautifully written poem perfectly match with great music selections. I can't thank Lora enough for expressing this cycle of life and love so passionately. It reminds us all how fleeting life can be and that we must cherish each moment as though it were our last.

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