Letter To Myself

I wish that I had written you
when I was young and strong and wise
I knew that I would never die
I'd face the world without disguise

but as I pen this note to you
I have grown old and tired and weak
but I recall that hopeful youth
it is to you that I must speak

I can but say what I was told
to quietly sit and watch the crowd
and see the good and evil there
and think before I speak aloud

and though I wrote it long ago
I would not take my own advice
and that has put me on this path
with wishing that I had thought twice

I've come to believe I was untrue
to one I should have loved the most
this shadow of my former self
this youth transformed into a ghost

by Barry Middleton

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Comments (35)

I have yet to write a dear john to myself, kind of depressed in its tone, but nicely penned. Kudos to you, ghost... thumbs up!
Fine revelation in last stanza. With age comes wisdom in most cases. Seems you learned from your mistake/s.
Sir you saved my life🌷
we all have things that we wished we had done in the past and feel that as we got older it was now to late.enjoyed your poem Barry. Alan
A very impressive address to your younger self, who seems almost a different person. I know because I am in my seventies. Writing without punctuation, as you have here, is a real challenge. Regards, Michael Walker.
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