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I Learned My Lesson


By Colleen Millsteed Published 7 months ago 1 min read
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The universe can be a tough taskmaster,

Bashing the message into every day tragedy,

Turning happiness on its rear end,

Bruising the heart in its sheer agony.


I liken it to a parent scolding a child,

Warning time and time again of certain threats,

When the message is not fully received,

A life is on the line if the child forgets.


Well I’ve been reminded of some such forgetfulness,

Like believing in matters of the heart haphazardly,

Yes, the red flags were ignored as I turned blind,

As a result my heart was shattered spectacularly.


The past is there for a reason,

History has taught us well,

But if that knowledge has been forgotten,

Then history will repeat and retell.


I know not to look to the past for comfort,

I’ve learned the importance of letting it all go,

But sometimes I test the universe to see if it means it,

And it kicks my butt because I already know.


So I stand corrected (once more it seems),

As the pain falls upon ears that temporarily deafen,

And the tears are a more permanent reminder, because

I learned my lesson.

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Originally published on Medium

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About the Creator

Colleen Millsteed

My first love is poetry — it’s like a desperate need to write, to free up space in my mind, to escape the constant noise in my head. Most of the time the poems write themselves — I’m just the conduit holding the metaphorical pen.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran7 months ago

    That's the thing with me. I'm still stuck in my past. I need to learn to let go. Loved your poem!

  • Babs Iverson7 months ago

    Through the school of hard knocks, we learn our lessons!!! Colleen, loved heartbreaking poem!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Cathy holmes7 months ago

    Sometimes I wonder if i ever really learn. Beautifully written.

  • You are a good student of life. Me not so much so, lol.

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