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We may learn from the Past
by Safi Abdi

Monday, May 08, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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But we can't live on the past...

The living size up their own reflection
And are not a trifling infusion
in someone else’s fusion.


Those who make it to the top
cling not to a dead man’s mantle,
For your life depends not
on a departed ones’ mettle.


Past thrills must be tied
to the seer’s vision;
rocks molded by someone else's hands
can only inflate a historian’s wits.


The present has no tenure
in the precedent’s defiance.
Hopes should therefore be lit
by the white thread in our horizon.


Moments lived in the past
should serve us in so far as the manure is loaded
enough to yield food for thought.


Glories eulogized in tombs 
surely must bear down on the day’s chores.






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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/10/2006
This is most thought-inciting and gives pause for reflection, Safi. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 5/8/2006
A wonderful write with a great message. "Hopes should therefore be lit by the white thread in our horizon" is wonderful advice (being a uncurable optimistic, we know)
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/8/2006
Drink the dews of happiness in the conclusion of your work.

One can learn from the past only if one's memories are kept activated in the present.

The penultimate stanza reads:
"Moments lived in the past
should serve us in so far as the manure is loaded
enough to yield food for thought."
*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=**=*=*= <
I couldn't read it as part of the main subject dealt in the poem, for "FOOD" is a primary nourishment. "MANURE" is a fertilizer from animal excrement.

"We may learn from the Past" put me to use my critical tools, and stimulated my imagination.

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 5/8/2006
My dear, you are so deep - like the water you potrait so beautifully - what a joy to hear from you -may you be blessed by the past - the presece and the future. catus flower
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/8/2006

Excellent write; very well penned! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 5/8/2006
A thought-provoking piece! Well-done!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)

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