Reads: 405  | Likes: 1  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 3

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

It speaks for itself.


Today’s insecurities make
our lives unnecessarily,
yet unavoidably, difficult.
Our jobs give us money
and ulcers we treat with
expensive pills that we get from
pharmaceutical giants
who don’t care as much about us
as about their returns on
their investments.
We also try to invest in our
future, to get better lives,
less dependent on
loans and mortgages
from banks
we can’t do without.

Thus spoiling our today,
we long for another life,
not the life in the still
dim future,
the great unknown.
That may be more
like today
than we hope for.
Our valued dreams are about
the rosy glow of the past,
when life seemed simple,
structured, solid.
If only our tomorrow
could be like our
yesteryear, endlessly
benign to our minds
that long for rest
and clarity.


Submitted: December 30, 2017

© Copyright 2021 Bert Broomberg. All rights reserved.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Add Your Comments:


Dr. Acula

We only appreciate the good old days, when we look back on them, living in them and letting them pass all the while in between.
Nice one Bert !

Sun, December 31st, 2017 12:35am


Thanks again. I'm glad you appreciated this one.

Sun, December 31st, 2017 1:15am

unmasked delusions

I like this one. I definitely saw the future differently when I was a kid, it's an odd feeling looking back now at how I use to feel and how I use to see the world, I hope I will never forget, but I guess as time goes on, we do

Sat, April 6th, 2019 11:42pm


We don't have to forget how we felt and looked at the world and its seemingly infinite opportunity when we were young. It's just that our perception of things changes evry now and then. Thanks for reading my poem, and commenting on it.

Sat, April 6th, 2019 4:46pm

Sharief Hendricks

Time just slips through our hands Bert...

well put together making for an excellent feel !!!

Wed, June 24th, 2020 12:19pm


I am afraid time gets shorter the older one gets, and we seem to become a bit more disappointed by a lot of things that have somehow gained in importance, whether we like it or not. Thanks for your feedback.

Wed, August 12th, 2020 6:00am

Facebook Comments

Other Content by Bert Broomberg