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Living Backwards looking forwards

Updated on November 27, 2011

Sometimes it's cosy to live in the past,

amongst faded memories you'd like to last,

behind the shadows that made you smile,

a safe place to dwell for a while.

Living in the former is all that we do,

an uncertain future for us to view,

tied to the past stuck in the present,

no time to relax but time to resent.

Revolutions of the mind thoughts persist,

photocopied days you try to resist,

light from the moon rays from the sun,

a celestial divider of days to become.

We cannot look forward only look back,

the road ahead invisible behind a murky track,

the spotlights on the here and today,

yet history is closer than the future far away.

We step out of the shadows toward the dawn,

lingering in the moment before we're born,

the womb of life reassuringly close,

cradle to the grave and then a ghost.

An unfamiliar journey we try to perceive,

those bound to the past are often deceived,

the only time you feel your winning,

comfy in the past from your beginning.

We tend to look backwards yet stare straight ahead,

a long-familiar history but a future we dread,

yet an unknown equation we try to prevent,

is the past meeting the future and robbing the present.


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    jamie 6 years ago

    mark, my friend your awesome! can I please borrow your brain for awhile and I miss talking to you.xx

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    Rob Winters 6 years ago

    Excellent poem Mark. I really enjoyed reading it.You've captured this all too common tendency which we have all been guilty of (some more than others) perfectly.Up & Awesome :-).Nice work!

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    Mark Hodges 6 years ago from Birmingham UK

    Thakyou for all the comments Namaste

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    Christopher Dapo and S. 6 years ago from Havelock, NC

    Well done and very deep. - Chris and S.

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    Mark Hodges 6 years ago from Birmingham UK

    maybe you could put it to music...........?

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    gbd 6 years ago

    I love this! Sometimes it's so hard to get out of our comfort zone, to take that first, scary step into new territory.

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    Mark Hodges 6 years ago from Birmingham UK

    thankyou :)

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    wearenotthesame00 6 years ago from My Own Fantasy World...

    Love it! (:

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    Sunnie Day 6 years ago

    Hello Mark,

    Really good work here..wonderful words that ring very true. The only way to move forward is to let go of the past, never an easy task but a must..Thanks for sharing..