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Never retreat to the 'glorious past'

I wrote a while ago about living in the moment and not trying to over-prolong it.

One of the post’s comments came from Mike Barnes. He said that the post reminded him of a poem. I did not know the poem, but I enjoyed it and decided to share it here.

‘Never go Back’ by Felix Dennis

Never go back. Never go back.
Never return to the haunts of your youth.
Keep to the track, to the beaten track,
Memory holds all you need of the truth.

Never look back. Never look back.
Never succumb to the gorgon’s stare.
Keep to the track, to the beaten track,
No-one is waiting and nothing is there.

Never go back. Never go back.
Never surrender the future you’ve earned.
Keep to the track, to the beaten track,
Never return to the bridges you burned.

Never look back. Never look back.
Never retreat to the ‘glorious past’.
Keep to the track, to the beaten track,
Treat every day of your life as your last.

Never go back. Never go back.
Never acknowledge the ghost on the stair.
Keep to the track, to the beaten track,
No-one is waiting and nothing is there.

Skip to 3mins30 into this video to hear it read by the auhor. (Thanks, Mark)

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  1. There’s this really obscure conference called TED which I don’t think anyone’s ever heard of. Anyway, they do this really clever thing of putting some of the presentations online. Felix Dennis’s reading of this poem which he apparently wrote for his mother, is up there. Worth a look.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/publisher_felix_dennis_odes_to_vice_and_consequences.html

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