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”
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,