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Y is for Yesterday (Haibun)

Y is for yesterday like yesteryear, the past. Such a word brings up so many different meanings. You walk into the office ready for that meeting you had been prepping for the past three weeks; the administrative assistance looks at you wide-eyed when you ask which room was reserved for said meeting. Stammering somewhat, she tells you it was “yesterday”…palm to forehead you jammed it so hard you are left with a red mark for a few hours and a splitting headache.

Poets and writers use this word with such passion; we do too especially if we are mourning a lost love, we feel pain and sadness at first. Later, hopefully, we can reminisce of sweet memories of yesterday’s precious moments.

And one cannot …EVER…forget the first loves of your youth…


Ah pure innocence!
yesterday, was such a fool
butterfly wings
loving you with heart and soul
like no tomorrows

© Tournesol `15

Yesterday is passed some say and you should not look back but forward. Others say …


dwell not on bygones
live not for tomorrows
embrace the present

embrace the present
learn gems of yesterdays
enriching now

© Tournesol ’15

Yesterday certainly impacts on your now but does not have to define your tomorrows. This is where we do have choices in life…okay, not always a whole slew of great ones but there are still choices. That brings you from A to C and you discover you have more enticing choices that brings you to E and so on and so forth.


Yesterday you were hurt; perhaps you were dealt a difficult hand and you reach out for help somewhere out there, not always someone close, who teaches you strategies to play the right cards. Ooops, you messed up on a few moves…no problem, you learn from it and BOY oh BOY do you remember that move.


Yesterday conjures up memories of our childhood; times we were innocent with little care in the world. Yesterday brings up people who were in our lives we miss each day. Yesterday is sometimes bittersweet but knowing our sweet memories of loved ones will stay in our heart for all our tomorrows.

© Cheryl-Lynn 2015/04/29

Written for Blogging from A to Z Challenge

A song from yesteryear – Yesterday – Beatles



A little bit about moi: I am a mom, a nana, a sister, a woman, a friend, a human being…a youth counsellor, Family Life Educator. I have been working in the helping profession for over 25 years and volunteered in various capacities from youths to seniors. Tournesol is my nom de plume for haiku and other Japanese form poetry here at Tournesoldansunjardin I hope you enjoy reading through my daily waka. I also have another blog "Stop the Stigma" where I may stand on my soapbox now and then and hope it will become a place to drop in and share or comment on issues important to you. In that vein this could be a great way to learn from each other. Namaste!

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