The Shackler

30 Sep

If you’ve put in the time, patience and effort to change something about yourself, never let someone who hasn’t been around to witness that change define you by something you’ve said or done in the past. There are people who will try to shackle you by your past actions and cause you self-doubt. What they don’t realize is those shackles are brittle and shatter with one simple question: “That was then, who am I now?” You’ll usually get a few blinks and a perplexed look that says, “I don’t know…I haven’t been paying attention lately because I’m too focused on the past.” Eliminate these short-sighted, ignorant and un-empathetic “Shacklers” from your life.

The Shackler

There was a man named Now who once did something in the past
That made a man named Cling so angry that his rage did last
Over several years and when the two met up once more
Cling reminded Now of all that he had done before

He was oblivious to how much he himself had changed
Over all the years since both of them had been estranged
Cling was not the same person but he did fail to see
That years could change someone else too, this Cling did not foresee

He met Now with an old frustration and he did remind
Of what Now had done in the past, how he had been unkind
He tried to shackle Now with actions that were now years old
He tried to define Now by those actions that were so cold

But unlike most who bow their heads in shame and say they’re sorry
Now refused to play along and succumb to Cling’s quarry
“That was then” Now did reply, “and I flat-out refuse
To be defined by  outdated opinions, thoughts and views”

Now told Cling that if he chose to live in times gone by
That they were done speaking and Cling could count one less ally
Because to shackle someone with the past shows lack of sight
Of all the ways they’ve changed if you just cling to that old fight



8 Responses to “The Shackler”

  1. Sue Dreamwalker September 30, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Many cling onto that past Miro and would wish to drag and cling
    But Now is the only place in which our Energy we bring..
    They shackle themselves to the past with images of the old
    Where as Now is Stronger in his walk and lives a life more bold

    For to follow NOW is the only way to walk the path of Truth
    And the Warrior is no longer the one in years of youth
    And Freedom is a word many do not understand
    Its not the battles that we fight but the ones we left to stand…

    A great Poem Miro and forgive my own poetic verse… I just felt inspired..

    • Miro October 3, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      No forgiveness shall be granted because there’s nothing to be sorry for, that was BEAUTIFUL! 🙂 Sometimes you just have to “sing” the truth when it’s so apparent to you, regular prose just won’t suffice. Sing on, Sister Warrior. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  2. Tom (Aquatom1968) September 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Yes, great poem Miro, and so very true words as well! Move on or remain stuck… we have a choice!

    • Miro October 3, 2012 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks Tom! The power of choice…once we realize how much choice we actually have, things start to finally fall into place.

  3. Noel Williams September 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    No matter what a man’s past may have been, his future is spotless. Thanks so much for sharing Miro. God blesses.

    • Miro October 3, 2012 at 9:57 am #

      Beautiful way of putting it. We must never let someone besmirch our future with dirt from the past. 🙂

  4. Lopa October 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    A great post! I whole heartedly agree with “That was then, who am I now?” Tremendous writing!

    • Miro October 3, 2012 at 9:57 am #

      Thank you, Lopa! So kind of you. 🙂

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