Saturday, January 3, 2015

Yesterdays and Tomorrows

Yesterday was Poetry Friday (stop by The Miss Rumphius Effect for a look), but a poem didn't come yesterday.  Sometimes words don't find us when we hope they will.  This morning, as I read Carol Varsalona's blog, Ringing in the New Year with a Look Back and Look Forward, and considered "looking back - looking forward" I found these words --- and then a poem.   Thanks, Carol, for the inspiration.  

Yesterdays and Tomorrows

Looking back
quiet glimpses
of moments.

of yesterdays
carefully tucked inside
a song,
a smell,
a sound,
remind me.
Then I return
to places
to friends
to family
to food
to conversations
in my heart.

of tomorrows:
yet to be walked,
yet to be lived,
yet to be touched,
as I hold
in my hand.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2015


My One Little Word for 2014 was DISCOVER:  new restaurants (Dirty Franks, Kaya, Wolf's Ridge, Natalie's, Westies Gastropub, Le Chocoholique), books (a few favorites of 2014:  Rump, The Meaning of Maggie, What Do You Do with an Idea, Happy, A Snicker of Magic, One for the Murphys --- oh, I give up --- loved them all!), fantasy sports (and a baseball championship win), coffee, coffee, lots of coffee, cities (Las Vegas, Chicago, National Harbor), hobbies (herb gardening, photo journaling [take 2]), friends (old [class reunion --- so much fun!] and new)


  1. Cathy, you wrote a lovely and loving poem about looking backward and forward. "Memories of yesterdays carefully tucked inside." Well said. We do tuck memories inside and it takes voice to let them fly. I hope you join me in my next venture and let winter whisper to you.

  2. Hi Cathy, your thoughtful comments on my recent blog post prompted me to come tell you a bit about what I hear in "your voice." What I hear is honest reflection and quiet familiarity. I'm not just talking about this beautiful poem where you "hold today in your hand," but I hear it in "Enough," in "Yesterday and Today," and as far back as I can recall. What I can always expect from your work is that moment of recognition that comes with a pause or a sigh-- yes, I've been there, yes I understand.

    I think your quest to be brave this year and mine to find my heartbeat are actually quite similar, and I look forward to sharing our discoveries along the way.

  3. As I look at your picture and read your words, I share your thoughts and memories.. Our life's journey takes us down many roads, around curves and over mountains, but aren't we all so blessed with memories of the past, experiencing the present and looking forward to the future..

  4. The cusp of the new year is definitely a time for back and forthing!


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