Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday – Don’t Let Time Get Away


Realizing yesterday’s tomorrow

Seeing what could become

Instead of looking back


And seeing the emptiness

Of time given away

And missed opportunity


Would have been a better time

To make plans for today

Rather than let it slip away


Live in the moment

Just for the possibility

That it’s the last day


Might never be realized

Living in dreamland

As another unrealized day


When today seemed far away

And the day after even further

That’s when excuses are made


Breaking through

No more analyzing or fantasizing

Don’t overthink or complicate


Will be another day

But unlike this particular day

Or the rest of the days


Was one of those days

When once again, time slipped away

Too much time at play


Make a difference

Put the notes and books away

Raise your voice and say


Spread the word

Your voice needs heard

Once or again and again


Decided what you had to say

To yourself for most of the day

Even took time to pray


The words you’ve wanted to say

Don’t let her get away

Time for you to make your play


Now you see the urgency

Before she’s planted another tree

Somewhere far that you can’t see


Finally decided what to do

Three simple words and you’ll break through

Look in her eyes; say, “I love you.”


Realizing yesterday’s tomorrow

The endless loop dissolving

Finally a feeling of belonging


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I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

6 thoughts on “Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday – Don’t Let Time Get Away

  • January 8, 2019 at 2:20 AM

    Very well done, Ralph. This reminds me of “Salutation to the Dawn”.

    “Look to this day!
    For it is life, the very life of life,
    In its brief course
    Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:”
    – Kalidasa, 2500 Sanskrit

  • January 8, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Lovely and heartfelt. If we love we must never forget to say those 3 little words – I love you.

  • January 10, 2019 at 2:45 AM

    In the rush of the happenings of living life each and every day most times we forget the little things that make living all that it is meant to be. Having hindsight and looking back at yesterday is good to remember that maybe we forgot that little thing such as saying “I love you” and can make up for it today. Nicely done Ralph.

  • January 11, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Quite a unique poem and extremely well constructed. Great message. I love this, Ralph.

  • January 12, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Very witty and a joy to read and ponder. Thank you Ralph. I think you accomplished the what you where searching for in each stanza. Brilliant composition. Jamie

  • January 17, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Very Nice R J , And as a sixty five year old I can now confirm , Time does slip away from us !


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