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  History Relived…
by J. Allen Wilson
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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Odd is it that history repeats itself, but often it does. Our mission in being supposedly wise is to learn from history and the mistakes of the past lest we be prone to repeat those very same grievous errors of our past. Thanks to my sweet and precious Jan and some of mine and her early emails to one another these same mistakes have been brought to light. After my late wife Leah passed away I vowed never to never fall into the trap at work where I would work sixty plus hours a week, for you see….I did this while married to Leah. I awoke one day I realized that my grandaughter and grandson that were just kids were now grown and then one morning I awoke and my wife was dead and gone.

Also during this period of time I received a call at work and was told that my mother was dying and that she was being taken off life support, and where was I damn-it? I was at work. Where were my priorities??? They definitely were not with family. I got to the hospital just in time to see my mom pass away without me ever being able to say goodbye and that I love you mama.

Though I vowed never to let this happen again, I find myself once more in the same snare with sixty plus hours a week leaving Jan my new found love to linger at home all alone…when will the madness end? When will I ever have the balls to refuse this type of separation?

I feel like I am trapped…If I refuse to work…well, I am 55 years old…I make good money and have great benefits. Yet I also have cancer… I have medical…who pray tell would hire me at this rate if I were to quit??? No one on God’s green earth, that is for sure. What is a man supposed to do??? I just don’t know…


History Relived…


 Doomed to repeat the past am I, this retched soul.

Like a hangover from yesterday, sometimes it seems easier to just give up and die.

While at work, time and life walked softly by.

No more tomorrows, just the yesterday’s which died.


She was just six, and somehow she is now twenty-one.

Where did it go, this bitch so causally called time?

Why are they all gone, and why did everyone when I was not looking die?

All life is precious, yet I have given mine to work.

I vowed nevermore, yet time and relevance has gone berserk.


Destined to wake up one morning and realize life around me is now passed away and died.

Doomed to repeat the past seems this pitiful soul called I.

Death may be welcome,

But not if one lives only to carry the burden of the past.


Therefore learn from a fool as he walks this precarious Way.

Grasp the moment…seek not tomorrow and seek the day.


J. Allen Wilson © 3-7-2012







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Reviewed by Ed Matlack
I have a small change that I would make..."seek not tomorrow and seek the day"-to-seek not tomorrow & covet the day...welcome to use it as an alternate finish, or not...good write & u gotta back off before u kill urself...? e
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
It's always good to live for each day but the future is important too.

Reviewed by jude forese
"Grasp the moment…seek not tomorrow and seek the day."
you give good advice to yourself, now live it ...
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
Yes, Yes, Yes, living in the moment, my mantra...Don't look back, Allen, it is done and buried, gone, learn from this, move forward and enjoy life in the moment...xo

Much peace, love and light,
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