Welcome Back to the 60s, 70s and 80s.
About 10 years ago, I wrote a regular blog entitled, “Poetikat’s Invisible Keepsakes”. It began as a vehicle for poetry and ended up being a daily journal filled with photographs, stories, memes, recipes and yes, lots of poetry.
One of the offshoots of this blog was in the form of memoirs of my childhood and youth, which I called “Blasts From the Past”. I wrote regular “blasts” consistently from late 2008 until the end of 2010. This was a great unburdening for me, prompted by the death of my father in November of 08. Not that I had horror stories of my childhood at home, it was merely that many of my experiences of growing up came to the fore after such a great loss.
Now, with the recent death of my dear mother, earlier this year, the need to create and find catharsis in my life is very strong.
Only this morning, I read a nifty little poem by my blog-friend “scooj”, who maintains “Natural Adventures“, about the abject fear he had as a child when he was learning to swim. I immediately felt the strongest affinity for this piece as I too, was terrified of the water. Recalling a post from “Blasts From the Past”, I dug it out of the WordPress archives and reread it, giggling to myself all the way. It was then that I decided to re-vamp all those old posts from a decade ago and clean them up to present in a new blog. Thus, “In Hindsight” has been born.
I hope the anecdotes and observations to come will interest and strike a chord with the people who deign to read it. I swear, every word is true!