"Yesterday No More"

I wound an old clock one day slowly ticking away.

Then I thought how quickly had gone each day.

If I could go back one minute, one hour, or one day;

would I do it all the same or would I try a different way?

Would I work as hard or would I find more time to play?

I pondered happenings of yesterday in my mind to stay.

I remembered when trust came easy  as breathing in again,

and I remembered as a little boy and having an imaginary friend.

I remembered my Mom and Dad, so young and struggling to begin.

I remembered my Mamaw's rocking chair and the comfort she did lend.

I remembered playing with my cousins way into the night,

and how we caught lightning bugs that seemed to fill the night.

I remembered my first day at school and though not scared but still filled with fright.

I remembered my first time in snow and how my hands tingled but wanted no one to know.

I remembered my first time in love and how it confused me so.

I remembered my first kiss and the second that written words could never know.

I remembered struggling to ask for my wife in marriage and what if she says no.

I remembered the day we were wed and the blank space in my head.

I remembered our children born and carrying them to bed.

I remembered How quickly they have grown with so much left undone and unsaid.

I remembered so many mistakes I had made and that clock was ticking on.

I remembered that was yesterday and yesterday was gone and yesterday no more.

I wound that old clock one more time to live another day, because living is what this life is for.

This is a brand new day and yesterday no more.

Written by Bob Wood


Psalms 90:1. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.  2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.  3. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.  4. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.  5. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.  6. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.  7. For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.  8. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.  9. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.  10. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.  11. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.  12. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.  13. Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. 14. O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  15. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.  16. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.  17. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

I have learned that every person I have met has influenced my life in so many ways.  There is so much we complain about in life gone by, yet we end up talking about the good old days.  I wish I would have spent more time listening to the old folks as they talked.  I wish I would cared less about the fish being caught and spent more time talking with the ones I was fishing with.  I wish I had not worried so about the future because sure enough it came.  I have learned that friends and family are wonderful just the way they are.  I have learned each moment we live is a gift to be shared.  I have learned that I sing best when I sing as if no one is around.  I have learned that I can't fix the world but I can find happiness in some part of everyday.  Today I thank my friends and my family for being in my life because it is You and God that has formed who I am today.  May God Really Bless You!  Keep shining and be as good as you can be and when you have a chance; you pray for me.

Bob Wood

We are being squelched by measuring life in degrees of what we know and what we have, thereby discouraging the seeking of that which is new. This is evident when we are consumed with arguing about knowledge already attained, rather than that which is fresh. Knowledge should provoke and distill our minds not to become the stalemate.
Bob Wood 

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