13th March, 2016 (all in the past present for future)

by Brendan Strong

all in the past is present for future
just a few days until the saint patrick’s day parade
which children are in what parades this year?
we’re all over the country now

all in the past is present for future
the habits you wish you broke sooner
the lives you left or held close
the money you saved or threw away
the coffee gone cold, but at least its made
the food is still fresh for lunch and cooking
the memory of the pension has wine to swim in

all in the past is present for future
is basically how nostalgia works, fuelled by booze
on a sunday evening after a few pints
with a friend not seen for the longest time
taxi driver stops the car and your heart with a solemn warning:
all in the past is present for future
and this is the past of the future
and this is the future of the past
so how would you change the present because
all in the past is present for future

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