Life Lesson Poem

Poem About Letting Go Of The Past

What inspired me to write this poem was my brother. He was going through some bad stuff but it was fixable it wasn't as bad as what a lot of people go through in this world, actually he brought it on selfishly himself. I tried to talk to him as much as I could but he wouldn't listen. He refused to let it go he just kept holding on to it. When I couldn't get through to him I wrote this poem because I need to write my feelings down and this is what came out. Hopefully you enjoy it :)

Changing The Past

© Donna
The past is the past for a reason
That is where it is supposed to stay
But some cannot let it go
In their heads it eats away

Until all their focus becomes
The person that they used to be
The mistakes they made in their life
Oh, if only they could see

That you cannot change what happened
No matter how hard you try
No matter how much you think about it
No matter how much you cry

What happens in your lifetime
Happens for reasons unknown
So you have to let the cards unfold
Let your story be shown

Don't get wrapped up in the negative
Be happy with what you have been given
Live for today not tomorrow
Get up, get out and start living

Because the past is the past for a reason
It's been and now it is gone
So stop trying to think of ways to fix it
It's done, it's unchangeable, move on



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Published: Jul 2011

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  • Thank you for the great poem. I am a drug & alcohol addict, who lives in recovery. I have a lot of very bad past, and pending problems from my addictions. In order for me to live in recovery I had to surrender my life to god, and not live in the past. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Thank you your poem touched my heart.

    Bryan Craig, Pueblo,Co Submitted Aug 2011
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  • This story touched me because I'm in a residential facility and I always focus on the past but now I realize the past is the past.

    Va Submitted Aug 2011
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  • I was married for 12 years and we had two great kids together. My husband decided to have an affair with my blood cousin who was also married and we were the god parents of her two children..been a rough road and finally divorced. I hate what was done to my kids emotionally. I will forever and always have trust issues. It's funny that they didn't last but three 3 months, but they swore it was love! Why are the ones to get hurt always the last to be able to move on?? I guess because for the innocent mate, we didn't chose the path of turmoil and heartbreak. Love the poem!

    Stephanie, Florida Submitted Sep 2011
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  • I really love poems I also write them, I agree about living in the past not good been there before, I've come a long ways from changing my ways and wouldn't want to go back to my past ever! Well I kind of feel like am in it still because I'm in love with a man who refuses to let go of his. It is very sad and hard to love someone who uses his past as a excuse to not love back! so yup! I could go on but very long story! Well I think I'm going enjoy this site I love to read life's stories! So far great poems! Thank you for sharing!

    Lillian, New Mexico Submitted Jan 2012
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  • I really enjoyed this poem. I am looking for a way to forgive myself for a past mistake. I was married to my husband for 7 years, we started having problems and I had an affair with another man. We ultimately divorced, but 6 years have gone by and we have recently reconciled. Only problem is, is that I am having a hard time forgiving myself for the affair. But he has forgiving me, why can't I?

    Kellie Submitted Jun 2012
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  • I was married for 12 wonderful years and we were together 8 years before that. We were High school sweet hearts but everything got destroyed when her younger brother came to our house. To make the story short I caught them, my wife and her brother having a relationship, I saw text and video from my basement. We've been away from each other almost 5 years. We got divorced in 2009, most of the times I missed her. It is strange right but I know her heart belongs to someone else, even when I try to date other men and I've been dating a lot and no one is like her. I move on I don't bother her or even look at her cause I'm afraid she'll see thru me what I feel.

    Kearny , New Jersey Submitted Oct 2012
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  • This poem really helped me. I have been best friends with this guy for about 4 years. We started dating about a year and a half ago on and off. We ended up breaking up and I wanted to maintain our friendship because he was an important part of my life. He does not want me to contact him ever again. I am so heartbroken but I know I really have to let go of the friendship and the relationship and move on.

    Sarah, Bay City, MI Submitted Oct 2012
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  • I am selected to say a poem in my school I am stuck I don't know which one to say so I am searching on net here also I can't find a good poem and at last now I have found one.

    Tina Bin Hendi Towers Submitted 5/10/2013
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  • Yes!! A great poem to finally let me know why I am still stuck. My ex and I have had a battle especially due to the long distance. In the end, I really feel bad about everything especially the terrible things I said to her. I am seeking closure but I know she does not want to hear from me. Maybe one day. Again, Thank you.

    Quan, New Jersey Submitted 8/9/2013
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  • I need to know who wrote this poem for my school. I am doing a compare and contrast essay on this poem with another poem.

    Alexander Lamm Submitted 12/19/2013
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