My Former Life


In my former life I was a bee.

Why else would I keep sticking my nose

into the private, pollinated parts of flowers?

In my former life I was a turtle.

Why else would I hunch my shoulders

into a seeming shell, my back a carapace

to shield me from a sometimes dangerous world?

In my former life I loved thee.

How else could I account for my “knowing” you

from before the first time we met,

 for “seeing” the you in your inner depths?

Some would say  I risk damnation

for a belief in reincarnation.

Yet this answer satisfies me on so many levels

and requities my thirst, quieting my myriad of questions

that the old belief system did not.

Unpopular in the west,

woven into the fabric of life in the east

in which I clothe myself,  sewn by a strong affinity,

a strange familiarity,

attraction mystifies.

Most of us cannot remember

the details of the other lives,

and are left with fractured fragments of the past

glistening like sea glass in our hands, on the seashores of our minds,

trying to piece together a picture

of a previous existence.

Love is timeless and mysterious

and though I dread the inevitable,

the loss of our life together

in this life,

I know we will be together again in the next and the next

ad infinitium

for something as sacrosanct as our love

is eternal.

8 responses

  1. so much to ponder here – I believe in old souls – and eternal love


    September 11, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    • Your beliefs are interesting. Glad you found it thought-provoking.


      September 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

  2. Indeed, I believe in love and life eternal. Wonderful reflection in this lovely poem.


    September 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    • It is interesting to find out peoples’ beliefs. Thank you for your lovely comment.


      September 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

  3. Genie

    Love it!


    September 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    • Thank you so much, Genie, especially coming from you!!

      Sent from my iPod


      September 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

  4. I keep reading this!! Its so cute!! 😀 x


    September 13, 2013 at 3:23 PM

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