More Wrong Than Right

More Wrong Than Right

Beneath the layers
of this madness
I sometimes catch a glimpse
of how it used to be
It surprises and touches
this heart closed off in self-healing

In honesty, I know
those moments I remember 
are only the special ones 
The others are buried deep 
in a pit if animosity
where they will eventually die

My lapses into the past are brief
Memories can bring a smile 
or stab deep in the gut 
Perhaps it is better not to linger there
What we had was always
more wrong than right



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  22 comments for “More Wrong Than Right

  1. January 22, 2023 at 10:38 am

    It must be hard to remember the good of the past if there was always more wrong than right.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2023 at 11:39 am

      C’est la vie as they say. A learning curve for all. We usually know but choose to ignore the signs.

  2. January 21, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    Your poem made me gulp, Christine – there but for the grace of God… I especially felt the lines:
    ‘Memories can bring a smile
    or stab deep in the gut
    Perhaps it is better not to linger there’.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 21, 2023 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you Kim. Sorry I made you gulp! I do try to only hang on to the good memories but every now and again a bad one slips in there 😦

  3. January 20, 2023 at 11:45 am

    I think that realisation is huge, and an immense sign of growth, for anyone who has been in that type of relationship!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2023 at 11:37 am

      Indeed Ingrid. I hope you are well and enjoying being back in England.

  4. January 20, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Hopefully, we learn from the past.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2023 at 11:35 am

      Yes Ken, we should, but not always.

  5. sanaarizvi
    January 20, 2023 at 8:00 am

    This is incredibly deep and poignant, Christine! I agree, some memories linger with us no matter how hard we try to shut them out. ❤️❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2023 at 11:34 am

      Sadly they do and we are supposed to learn from them, right? Thank you Sanaa ❤️☺️

  6. January 20, 2023 at 6:53 am

    I suppose it is better not to linger when you know there was “more wrong than right.” Though I think it is easy to replay memories, like old movies, , ,

    • Christine Bolton
      January 20, 2023 at 8:31 am

      Yes that is true, isn’t it? Whether we want to watch the clips or not ☺️💕

      • January 20, 2023 at 10:16 am

        💙

      • January 20, 2023 at 4:00 pm

        I have found, for me, that writing (fictionalized or true) about the hurtful times and memories helps give closure to them so that they don’t pop up in memory selections and searches. Except in “Rogue Moments”. Great poem – Especially, loved the truth and message in your last stanza! You still have me “A Wondering?”, My Dear! Ha! Hoping you can find an old chest with a lock to put those “wrong clips” in.
        😊💖🌹

      • Christine Bolton
        January 25, 2023 at 11:33 am

        Thanks Chuck. They still rise to the top when still fresh. Over time, yes, they will get buried in that chest with all the others. We all have them ☺️

  7. January 19, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    A well written poem. Some of these memories shadow us all of our life! They can be very unsettling!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2023 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you ☺️ That is true isn’t it Dwight? It never takes much to stir them up,

      • January 20, 2023 at 10:25 am

        You are exactly right about that!

  8. January 19, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    Christine, best not to linger there is good advice. I read an interesting article (book excerpt) about time today and it describes how much we are familiar with the past, yet the future is little more than a potentiality. Is it any wonder that we tend to gravitate toward what is familiar. I’m sure getting tired of treading over that old ground. Time to step into the ever-changing now.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2023 at 6:50 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Lisa. It’s healthy to live in the present and look to the future. It can be a little scary for some but it is necessary at some point.

  9. January 19, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    A poem of reckoning…..yes, sometimes it is best not to dwell in the past. When that’s seen in a negative light, I believe it’s called “ruminating”. My husband always says, “Don’t ruminate on it” when it’s something I can do nothing about or it’s something bad that, because it was in the past, cannot be undone. Obviously, for me, this was a thought provoking poem!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2023 at 6:42 pm

      We are all guilty of ruminating aren’t we Lillian? Well maybe not your husband! 😃. Sometimes its necessary to move on. The pangs of sadness will hang around though. 😢

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