Old house

Went to my old house

and reminisced.

I sat in my car

after fifty years gone.

this young man came out

his front door

and got into the same old truck

I used to drive

long ago.

how could this be?

he looked at me.


he knew who I was.

I got out of my car and walked

over to him.

I was looking into the eyes of my past.

unbeknownst to him

he was looking


at his


he asked if he knew me.

I said he did.

he was sure he saw me

somewhere before,

maybe in another life.

Deja Vu…

I told him I was there to tell him he must change

the course of his


I pleaded with him to believe me.

I told him I was from the future

and said this was proof

you could go back

and talk to your younger self and

change your destiny.

I told him who I was

and to listen to me and do

what I suggested;

that in doing so

would change his life


all his years to come.

he seemed shocked and awed.


he saw my sincerity

and said

he believed me.

I thanked him.

I shook his hand.


what was he to

do with this knowledge?

it was a big burden for such


young man

who was just beginning to

live his life!


I knew

in my heart


he wouldn’t forget

my words and

would follow through.

I was older than his father.

his father was young enough to have been my own son.

And, this young man

my grandson.

I thanked god

for sending me back

to my younger self.


I woke up:

the most real dream

I ever had.


everything around me

had changed.

I was successful.

my personality changed.

my soul was not the same.

I knew I was rich.

I remembered I had always

dreamt of that and

believed I wanted this as my

ultimate goal in life.

I had somehow fallen into

a new reality:

one filled with every material possession

I thought I ever wanted.

I looked out my window.

my surroundings had changed

from the day before.

I was in a city I didn’t know.

I had never laid eyes upon all this.

I lived in a different house.

there was etched glass, marble and golden lanterns and chairs.

there were water fountains.

there was the finest of furniture.

a huge Olympic sized pool.


the finest wine selection

and gourmet food.

a butler.

a maid.


a personal chef.




me and my own

had achieved notoriety

and celebrity status.

In my gut…

I knew something terrible had happened.

I had strangers for children and wife.

Everything I cherished

no longer existed.

I recognized nothing.

all was new.

I had a deep sinking feeling.

I felt empty.

my old life had disappeared.

it slipped away.

only the memory of it remained.

my tears flowed at the loss.


I thought way back.

I remembered this old man

who came to me as I sat in my old

blue truck long

long ago,


he told me about

my future.

and, I did exactly all those

things he told me

to do

throughout my

life up until


then, suddenly, a second time…

I woke up again.

I prayed

like never before

that my old life

would return to me.

it was a nightmare.


as I looked around,

I saw that things

were back again

as before

like I remembered them to be.

I knew I had gained the entire world:

Those I care about,

All my loved ones.

my dogs,

my cats,

my dearest


returned to me.

I finally knew

what was

important in life.

it is for them I live for.

it is for these others.

those who are dear…


I shall not

be alive











About Steven Humphreys

I live in 'sunny' California with my lovely wife, three wonderful cats and very handsome dog! I write about different subjects I have a 'heartfelt and deep-seated' interest in. For example: health, poetry and spirituality. Enjoy your stay reading my articles. I hope you find them informative and entertaining. Lastly, I have written a poetry book and novel for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google Play, with free excerpts you can read on my website. Find out more 'about me' within this site. Thanks for stopping by! Have fun.
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