Uncomplicated Years

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Nostalgia
The word “nostalgia” comes from two Greek roots, nostos meaning ‘return home’ and algia ‘longing’. However neither poetry nor politics birthed the term, rather it came from ‘medicine’. In the seventeenth century nostalgia was considered as a curable disease, like a common cold.
Nostalgia is a longing for a Place as well as for a Time.
Whether good or bad, we are dealing today with long past. Let’s weave our words with the thread of deep yearning for the bygone days of our experiences.

“I was right when I said I’d never look back. It hurts too much, it drags at your heart till you can’t ever do anything else except look back.”
     — Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind

Click on pictures
in my head, full scenes
fill the screen. Green summer
dress dotted with slices
of watermelon. Hair in a “bowl”
cut–birthday party.

Riding subway with friends
to shop in downtown Brooklyn,
all of us in our pre-teen years
with no fears. We thought we were
so grown up, not knowing life
could be sewn up while we waited
for our futures.

We tend to colorize happy
moments, relegating sad times
to negatives. We draw boundless
possibilities. Aging shrinks
adventure to daily living,
and surviving.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Uncomplicated Years

  1. Bev says:

    “Aging shrinks adventure to daily living and surviving”. How true, dammit! Still, daily living offers moments to be savoured….and time to pontificate on what was, and what might have been. Good read. Thank you.


  2. Sumana Roy says:

    “………pre-teen years / with no fears.” yeah we’re nostalgic about that too & the closing lines are truth made…


  3. sanaarizvi says:

    I love this! Indeed our teenage years were ones of carefree bliss ❤️ Beautifully rendered.


  4. Myrna Rosa says:

    It’s nice to remember our teens. Your last lines are so true.


  5. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    As I age, I hope and pray that I will NEVER shrink my adventures to daily living and merely surviving.

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  6. Sherry Marr says:

    “Aging shrinks adventure to daily living and surviving”. That’s for sure. Loved this one.


  7. drpkp says:

    I love this… kept trying to pick a single image – and could not – the poem in its entirety IS nostalgia..


  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Oh yes, can relate to all of that!

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  9. Perfect expression of Nostalgia in the lines. Like this one a lot “Click on pictures
    in my head, full scenes fill the screen”


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