We all live in the past...

The present flows rapidly behind me, as hard as I try

To hold a precious moment in my tremulous hand.

It slips. It’s gone; I watch that golden instant slide away

In the rear-view mirror of my chequered history,

Adding to all the endless acres of slurry and mud.


Our past; the opaque, unfathomable morass

Of what once happened, and can never happen again.

All the happiness, bland indifference, and pain.

We try to stem the ebbing tide, we employ deception,

Muddying the water for our own protection.


◄ Stuck in the Mud

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John Botterill

Mon 30th May 2022 19:50

Thanks Keith. Much appreciated 😀

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keith jeffries

Mon 30th May 2022 18:31

You take the words out of my mouth John. Excellent poem.
Thank you

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John Botterill

Tue 24th May 2022 08:30

Thanks so much for your great comments, Holden. 😀
Yes, at least I am honest about my dishonesty haha.

Holden Moncrieff

Tue 24th May 2022 02:11

An amazing poem, John, powerful and truthful! The last two lines perfectly encapsulate our complicity in distorting the remembered past! 😎

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John Botterill

Tue 24th May 2022 00:23

Thanks Bethany. If you can't write... wear a big hat. haha

You are so right Stephen (as ever) each fleeting second becomes the past, instantly, and how many of those can we accurately recall? Memory is Mud!
Thanks for the like John C

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Bethany Sallis

Mon 23rd May 2022 22:17

ps-love the hat! 😁

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 23rd May 2022 16:46

Some beautiful lines here, John. 'the rear-view mirror of my chequered history' - marvellous. It's difficult to know where to draw the line between the present and the past, because the present is always slipping (or sliding) away.

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John Botterill

Mon 23rd May 2022 14:20

Thanks Carol. I really appreciate your kind words. Thanks too, K. Lynn and Aisha for the likes. 😀

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Mon 23rd May 2022 05:31

Mmmm interesting! Cleverly penned John!

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John Botterill

Sun 22nd May 2022 18:33

Thanks Bethany. Your appreciation means lot to me 😊
(I am a miserable old moaner haha).
Thanks for the likes Frederick and Stephen.

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Bethany Sallis

Sun 22nd May 2022 18:03

a very very well constructed and most enjoyable poem John despite its gloomy hinting theme 😪

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