What Was Then?

Poem by Dr. Marshall S. Harth

What was then?
How to return
How to return in order to heal
What is now?

What was then?
Was destructive, disingenuous, demoralizing
Was disruptive, dangerous, damaging
What is now?

What was then?
What was then denied reality
What was then isolated terror
What was then undermined confidence
What is now?

What was then?
What was then was manipulation
What was then was manipulation to protect
What was then was manipulation to protect from what was, what was
What is now?

What was, what was?
Was buried rage
Was buried rage manipulated
Was buried rage manipulated to deny
What is now?

What was, what was?
Was what was done to me
Was what was done to me to protect you
To protect you from what was what was
What is now?

Now is the engagement
With what was
The experience of what was then
Was then
But NOT now

Now is the realization
The realization that
What was then
Was then
Was only then
Now is now
Now is not then

Now is
No more manipulation
No more manipulation to protect
To protect from what was then
No more manipulation to protect
To protect from what was then, what was

Now is now
Now is not then
Now is real
Now is me
Now is me, not you
Now IS now!

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