Below is the poem entitled A Letter to My 16-year Old Self which was written by poet
Dietrich. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.
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Hello, I’m you, and you just wrote this poem!
You’ve written hundreds more! One day you’ll find
A place that poet friends world-wide call home.
Creatively, you’ll exercise your mind.
Start now to hone your writing skills, and when
you go for that semester in Madrid,
you won’t learn Spanish well enough! Please, then,
return to Spain! I know you’ll wish you did.
You needn’t try to get through college fast.
Get work in Spain. Learn from experience.
Don’t marry quite so young. Life is a blast.
Try things you really love. Gain confidence!
There’s coming in the 80’s - VCR,
and later on will come the internet.
Invest in them. I think you could go far,
Money matters. You just don’t know that yet!
Life will be nice, but long before you age,
You’ve got to save, or it will be too late.
You need a pension plan - advice most sage!
But cash it out before two-thousand-eight!
For one brief week soon coming, there’s a guy,
and no one like him will you meet again!
He’ll go back home, but three years later try
to look you up, but you’ll be married then. . .
Could things with him have worked? How can you know?
But you and I so seldom take a chance!
With what I’ve told you, let’s see how things go. . .
Will you change fate and opt out for romance?
Written 12/20/12 For David Williams' Hello/Goodbye Poetry Contest