Poem: “I spoke with a woman Lastnight”

I was at the bus stop last night,
I turned around and saw an elderly lady sitting,
smiling,
She said, “Come here young one.”
I could see the pain in her eyes,
With regret filling them as she continues with her life.
She started to speak without hesitation,

She said,
“I regret it, I regret it,
I lived my life like I was a fool,
Baby girl, stay focus,
Stay in school,
People will let you down,
Your job will let you down,
But your education and skills will always help you back up.
Don’t follow the crowd,
They will always be there.
Stay focus on your grind, your success is near.”

I remained silent, sometimes it’s the best solution.

Then she said, “I regret it, I regret it,
Baby girl, please go hard in your 20s,
Write that business plan,
Buy that house,
Start a family, so you don’t have to end up being alone.
Respect others, you might need them in the future,
Keep up your appearance,
Your looks do matter.”

The bus came,
I told her goodnight.
I looked through the mirror and saw her fading.
I can’t believe it,
It was a warning,
Not from a stranger,
But from myself,
Being 87 years old, broke and lonely,
With bad health.

Look in a mirror, and analyze yourself,
Do you like the direction your life is heading?
If not, do something about it now.

25 thoughts on “Poem: “I spoke with a woman Lastnight”

  1. I know how to make my own way. I know how to do my own thing. I know how to enjoy my own company. I know how to be grateful for my tiny tribe. I know how to be proud of exactly who God created me to be, whether I do it alone or whether I do it with thousands.

    I know that sometimes not belonging is the greatest gift of all. I know that sticking out is sometimes the greatest compliment you could ever be given.

    I know that the world wonโ€™t change if Iโ€™m busy blending into the crowds and the cliques or constantly changing myself to earn their cheers. I know that being popular is terribly over-rated. And I know you know that too.

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  2. An interesting poem which is very easy to relate to. We all want to live a life weโ€™re proud of and donโ€™t regret. As long as we always do what makes us happy, I think looking back and regretting things wonโ€™t happen. Thanks for sharing! x

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  3. Don’t follow the crowd. They will always be there. So true! We must accept ourselves as the unique, wonderful beings that we are and let our light shine. Thank you for sharing!

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