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What Was

when all the words
inside your head
become those words 
already said
and places that
you dreamt you saw
are places now 
you’ve been before
is it that time 
to call a day
on all what was 
and turn away
or is it time 
to take the view
that you should stay
to start anew
and use the past 
to build upon
what’s gone before
before it's gone?

Copyright © Gary Radice | Year Posted 2024


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Date: 4/16/2024 7:58:00 PM

A good idea. Renewal is a way to take a second look. I liked this poem.
Date: 4/13/2024 6:03:00 PM

Hello Gary, Another poem for your reader to mull over carefully. Your final 3 lines convey (to me) an impending loss of whatever has been savoured, polished so it is best to seize those past nuggets while we can + see what we still can build upon. Hopefully our foundations hold. I enjoyed the posting for all its nuances. Best wishes. Brian
Date: 4/7/2024 12:24:00 PM

Hi Gary. I enjoyed the style and the content of this piece. I like the cadence and rhyme scheme.
Date: 4/5/2024 11:57:00 PM

Smoothly reflective, Gary. Really nice poem.
Date: 4/5/2024 11:28:00 PM

Hi Gary.. found this and love it! I think we all (men and women of a certain age..) reach a point of reflection and review. I certainly spend too much time looking back nowadays, even though there is still a hopeful future ahead. All that truly exists is the now. Blessings. Sam.
Date: 4/5/2024 3:24:00 PM

Your poems truly have a lyrical flow that feels like music, those last few lines so poignant, will have to Fave this one!
Date: 4/4/2024 11:28:00 AM

I love the smooth flow of these introspective lines, Gary. Turning away from poetry writing for a short hiatus is understandable (and sometimes necessary), but I can't imagine you completely severing the bond between you and your muse! ~ Regards // paul
Date: 3/27/2024 5:53:00 PM

I always love the rhythm and flow of your poems, Gary. This is no exception. Having read other’s comments I have to say that sometimes ‘time out’ is enforced by one’s own muse taking a vacation. Right now I feel my muse has expired and gone skyward… but, I’ve been here before and in the words of Arnie…
Date: 3/24/2024 8:37:00 AM

Your "What Was" is a wonderful write. I enjoyed this creative one with the great ending. Last September I took a few weeks off of Soup/life/ran away to get away. I find this helpful from time to time... I wish you would write more. Have a wonderful day writing away.......................
Date: 3/21/2024 12:32:00 AM

Dear Gary, I found this to be a very reflective read and I slowly read the lines a couple of times. It’s so well written. I love the pondering here. You’re far too good a poet to turn away my friend and I hope you continue to create wonderful poems ( another 100 would be lovely :) ) Absolutely love, ‘ to start anew and use the past to build upon what’s gone before before it’s gone? So clever. You’ve inspired me. Loved it. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day :)
Date: 3/20/2024 5:56:00 PM

Love the flow and the everlasting message of this poem, Gary. Well done -
Date: 3/20/2024 4:11:00 PM

An amusing poem that makes me chuckle. It fits like a shoe.
Date: 3/20/2024 2:47:00 PM

Brilliant Gary, I often ponder just how many configurations can take place before everything possible has been achieved, and what is the point of carrying on into infinite boredom, perhaps human mortality, and new life prevents this scenario playing out, or perhaps I’m overthinking this one, super poem, cheers David
Date: 3/20/2024 12:31:00 PM

awesome rhymes and cadence
Date: 3/20/2024 10:09:00 AM

Wonderful words Gary :)


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