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Backwards - A Poem

Updated on June 2, 2013

Note: Trying something new!

Backwards, we walk

Into the 'happiness'

We thought there

But truthfully

No happiness exists

We've been fooled by our surroundings

By our hopeful minds

We've lived so many lies,

Why not live another?

Backwards, we run

Away from reality

Away for the hurt

Successfully, we follow

The path we were forced to choose

As there was no other

We live a bleak existence

Why do we still care?

Backwards, we stumble

Into our pasts,

Into our memories

Denying all truth

But turning back

Into the little child we hide

We live in fear of remembrance

Why do we still suffer?

Backwards, we fall

Into an oblivion eternal

Never screaming, nor laughing

Rejoycing in the act of death

The freedom finally felt

From the fear, hurt endured

We died in a blaze of glory

Why do people still judge us?


From the earth

Now unto the earth


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    • jlpark profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Matthew - it's interesting but I remember exactly how I felt when I wrote this every time I read it...hadn't read it in a while!

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      Matthew Harvey 

      2 years ago from lake havasu city

      Very strong and great meanings for a lot of us to look at life from different ways

    • jlpark profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you for commenting Lee

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      Lee Cloak 

      3 years ago

      A great piece of poetry, powerful, very interesting, fantastic to read.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up, best wishes, Lee

    • jlpark profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Ken, for your comments, and for visiting!

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      Kenneth C Agudo 

      4 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      Wow very nice free verse poetry. I love the pictures that you have inserted and the way you give emotion to the poem. I just visited my first ever follower here on hubpages, nice to meet you again :)

    • jlpark profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Cat!

    • Cantuhearmescream profile image


      5 years ago from New York


      Let me be the first to say 'I'm glad you tried something new!' This is absolutely beautiful, extremely sorrowful, but the feelings are so obvious and it was done wonderfully! We spend so much time running backwards either trying to erase the bad or relive the good, never knowing what beauty might lie ahead. I know this place, I visit often. I will not count the moments until I free, I must achieve some form of happiness here before I move onto the next place... I will accept nothing else! The judging will never end... we just have to learn not to care!


      Up and many others ~ Sharing



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