Today is where we live,
but yesterday is a place we visit
quite often, as mental time-travelers
in a wave of nostalgia or memory
of a little child’s hand in yours,
or a wave of fear
of the threat heard in a voice,
or of screeching tires,
or the shared memory
of being wedged between two other cars.
A wave of nostalgia could bring
a memory of young love
that was new, or
of climbing trees
scraping our knees and
running onward anyway, no care
but for the present moment.
We travel to remember
Why we don’t go certain places,
if we can trust a certain person,
or in moments we need to feel
our life has meaning.
We can forgive in ten seconds
but remember years later;
Love, regret, and fear are automatic.
But, just like swimming through the waves,
living in the present must be learned.
**These thoughts inspired by the music of Still Corners’ song, The Trip. Comforting, yet slightly haunting.
***You may visit today’s RagTag Community prompt and challenge at https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2021/10/02/rdp-saturday-wave/