Frozen in time (a gogyoka poem and a little me)

Me a few months back doing some contemplation

Memories of yesterday haunt me
the good ones ache and the bad linger
How I long to cast aside this incurable cloak of reminiscence
To let present wash over past
And whisp away in evanescence

But life is so still that time folds around me
My past becoming future
with no present to prevent history repeating itself
I imagine a better tomorrow but loss sullies my hope
As the good ones ache and the bad linger


This is my first attempt at writing a gogyoka poem. I wrote two of them because it was a perfect form for the emotions that stole over me this morning. As memories roamed bittersweet in my mind.


The last time I was out with my best friend before quarantine. I love that hat.

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Great pictures and beautiful verses Jude! My greetings from Spain,
    Francisco

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Greetings from Uganda. Thank you Francisco

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  2. michnavs says:

    Greetings from Asia Jude…😊😊

    Lovely verses …

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Michelle. Greetings from Africa too🌼🌞

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  3. Pallavi says:

    What beautiful lines. My heart too aches reading about your longing. We are all in this together and this too shall pass.

    P.s. what beautiful and vibrant colors in your pictures.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yes I guess you’re right, it shall pass. Thank you Pallavi for the picture compliment,😊😊

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  4. merrildsmith says:

    This is really beautiful, Jude.
    You and your friend look so happy in that photo. I hope you will be able to see each again before too long.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah I’m positive we shall, thank you Merrill 😊

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  5. Chris Hall says:

    Nice to see you, Jude, and what a happy pic of you and your friend!
    I loved the poem, so right for the time and the emotions we all share when we’re separated. It’s an interesting form which I haven’t come across before. Keep well πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Chris. Yeah the ethos is to write five lines which can be read out in a single breath each. I only came across it this year.

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  6. memadtwo says:

    That second line is so chillingly right.
    I too love the bright colors and the smiles reaching out to me. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah the 2nd line is not so good but that’s not a permanent state, other times memories have the exact opposite effect, I was just highlighting the other side of them

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  7. Jay Bleu says:

    When it’s all over, it’s going to be so great!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      That’s a good thought to keep us going

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      1. Jay Bleu says:

        Ya we have to keep our hopes up at this point.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Yes, thank you Jay

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  8. A.S. says:

    Heartfelt words ❀️β™₯️, Jude! And the pictures are great, they add a sunshine to the day. Cheers 😊

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Bubble. Im glad you like the pictures and the words touched you🌼

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      1. A.S. says:

        Anytime, dear πŸ™‚

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    Oh yes! Memories! I mind is travelling far these days as well! Love to see the Brazilian shirt, my favorite soccer team in all the world!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you. And yeah you cannot love football and not admire the Brazil of old

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  10. Macrine Jangu says:

    Amazing piece!❀

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      1. Macrine Jangu says:

        you welcome

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  11. Awesome pictures of you and your friend, Jude and loved the poem too felt so nice reading it. Too good.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it

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      1. Yes nice pics. Welcome.

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  12. Shruti Pathak says:

    What a beautiful piece of poetry! My heart longs that too and this shall pass, I dearly hope so.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah indeed it will

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  13. PoojaG says:

    I think your first try at this turned out amazing! And awesome hat!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Pooja. I’m glad you like this first try and I’m happy you saw this post and like the hatπŸ’›πŸŒ·

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      1. PoojaG says:

        You’re very welcome!!

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  14. A splendid piece. Jude.
    “I imagine a better tomorrow but loss sullies my hope
    As the good ones ache and the bad linger”

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Gabriella ❀️ πŸ’›πŸŒΌ

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      1. My pleasure β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ€—

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  15. kittysverses says:

    Too good, Jude. Try as I might, I’m unable to get a hang of this form.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah I know, it’s simple yet complex. What is a breath really? A quick one or long one. I keep asking myself that so you’re not alone

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      1. kittysverses says:

        Haha, true, thank you very much. πŸ™‚

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  16. theresaly520 says:

    Great photos Jude! Beautiful reminiscent poetry. Thanks for introducing to us a new form

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Saly and it’s my pleasure

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