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Talking to Myself 30 Years Ago...
by Ed Matlack

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What would you tell yourself 30 some odd years ago? Would it help? I doubt it would have for me, but I would try if I had the chance to change myself...

Talking to Myself 30 Years Ago….


If the chance I had to speak to myself then,

I think I would tell him the mistakes he will make,

And try to get him to not make them, for both our sake,

But knowing myself now & then, I know for a fact, I would not take,

Any advice from some old guy, claiming to be me,

Would think he was high on something & wish I had some too.


I would be 19, thirty years ago, doing things that I would never tell,

Not even now will I tell what I did then,

As no one would want to know me now, for the things I did then,

Mostly not very nice things, as I guess you could understand,

So we won’t go into that right now, off hand.


I would tell “me” to be more understanding of mom and dad,

Treat them like you would yourself, not like you are, bad,

Be more forgiving of your own and others shortcomings,

Treat your family and friends like you really do love them, so sad,

Try to stop yourself from the telling of tales, don’t lie,

Though it would make me, then, quite mad.


Ed would tell young Ed, to express those feelings,

He had within,

Tell those you love, that is the way you do feel,

Tell those that make you mad, just, again, what you feel,

And when you make up your mind, regards religion,

Do it the way you should, go to the church and kneel,

Explain to the Almighty, that you are experiencing doubt,

Tell Him that you want to try other roads, but leave yourself that out,

To return to the fold,

Without feeling like, just cause your old,

You want to feel forgiven in case you die,

And really do get to boldly go where you never thought, it could be nigh.


Ed, you really need to get your act together,

You are heading in the wrong direction,

Believe me when here I say,

If you keep going in this direction,

You will end up with a loss you will find extremely hard to endure.


No, Ed it won’t be tomorrow,

Or anytime really soon,

But believe me, if you stay on this track,

You will find yourself derailed,

For this you have a definite knack,

While it isn’t something you will want,

Please, Ed, change yourself, now,

Before it’s too late,

Please don’t wait…


So many other things I would say,

But here and now,

I’ve not the time or the ambition,

Suffice it to say, change that one thing you do,

You and I both know what that is,

And we will feel, both of us,

Almost to the point of being totally new…


It won’t be easy giving up that, which you know,

But for now, it will be best,

Oh how much do I personally know!

I wish you luck and peace and hope that you can,

Change your life for the better,

As I was unable to do so till I got into the can…



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Reviewed by Mr. Ed
It's never too late, Ed. Then 30 years from now you can look back and say, "Wow! This did work."

I think we could all benefit from something like this. Well done!
Reviewed by P. Michaels
Ed, it's not too late.
Love, Patty
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
Ed, this is one of your best...I and I guess like us all...think back to what we would have done different if given the chance...but as you so cleverly point out...young Ed, would still had most likely declined the advice...excellent write Ed...
Reviewed by Lori Moore
If only. Great write.
Reviewed by Sandy Knauer
What an enjoyable read! This would be a great exercise for all of us (especially those of us who were adults thirty years ago). I took a class a few years back where we were to rewrite one scene from our past and write it the way we wished it could have been.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

we all wish we could go back and repeat parts of our lives over...the best thing, i guess, is to make the changes now and stop regretting what we've done--and move forward

excellent, reflective write--well done, my (((friend)))

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :)

if i could go back, there'd be some things i wouldn't have done...but what i've gone through has made me who i am today :)
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter
Hi Ed,
This is really cool -- You know, there is a theory in quauntem
physics called "foremembrance," that holds that it is not only possible to Time Travel, but also that we can know ourselves in the
future as well as recall ourselves past. There is a book titled,
"The Bridge Across Forever," by Richard Bach, where he relates
readily to his past and future selves -- Hell of a Book. Vicky

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