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Past and Future Embrace

Updated on July 11, 2009

Look up over snowy peaks, gaze drifts down

accepting, cherishing past ascension.

Triumphs, lessons, losses trailing behind.

Sundappled face turns, eyes looking upward

Climbing, searching, a longing unsurpassed.

The summit towering skyward looks back.

Desirous summit, misted  convergence

of life long quest taken in steps of days,

months, years.  Fabled peak of understanding,

where ago and to come clearly allay.

Sundappled face bends back, aching for light,

shadow engulfs the path.   Rubble crusted,

boulder strewn, injurious, treacherous path.

No map given, not chart nor portrayal,

Deviousness contrives to befuddle

innocent, unsophisticated waifs.

Sundappled face now enshadowed kens truth.

Innocence and unsophistication,

bartered for heart, courage, perseverance

amidst conception and current ascent.

Moving, climbing, forward, onward, upward,

unceasing quest till summit encompassed.

The summit where past and future embrace.

Uplift shadowed face, suddenly sun sheened

contemplating eyes seek before, behind.

Legion’s arteries grooving lost amongst

boulders. Conduits to failure save one.

Discernment, clarity reveal rightness.

Deciphered, a passage disentangles,

exonerated, redeemed from chaos.

Shadowed face rouses, hope flares, mist surrounds.

Will summit abscond? Ebullient advance

consorts with effort. Summit, sweet, summit

craved, coveted, destined, attainable.

Mist lowering, sun glowing, heart thawing.

Shadowed face fully illuminated.

Perception renewed. Clarion future

resonates with past. Crescendo, climax

hope found achieved. Desire the future,

perceive the past. Past and future embrace.


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    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Luke! :D

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      L. Andrew Marr 

      9 years ago

      My dear, I love it!

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      lxxy, Thank you very, very much. I love that song, stand by me. :D

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      9 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Absolutely beautiful.

      Timeless imagery...and great vid. ;D

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Larry, I appreciate the kind comment! I am making this journey on many levels. :D

    • maven101 profile image


      9 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Thank you K@ri...Your revealing insights echo and resonate...thank you so much for this morning cup of coffee....

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      swaradila, Thanks! If you get up high enough in the mountains, you can touch the clouds! :D

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      Swaradila Weesy 

      9 years ago from Cirebon, Indonesia

      Oh k@ri, it's beautiful, imagine if we could touch the flying...

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Cris, You know that I love your work, so when you give me a good review it means so much! Thank you, alive and dynamic, are what I wanted. :D

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines


      They say it's not whether we reach the peak or not, it's the climb that matters. Great work here, it's so alive and dynamic - always on the move. And the pictures enhance the moment! Cool! Thanks for sharing :D

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks May! I used to climb more mountains than I do recently...I just love getting to the top!

    • mayhmong profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Shadowed face rouses, hope flares, mist surrounds

      You have a very creative imagination and a brilliant view of the mountains. Sounds like somebody's been doing some rock climbing.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      jay, not talent, just searching...Thanks, I am glad you liked it! :D

      Uriel, Coming from a true poet, that really means so much to me! :D I loved that line true of my life at the moment. I really feel good after reading your comment! Thank you so much!!

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      9 years ago from Lebanon

      K@ri....For the Love of God, trust me when i say you are very talented in letting it all flow and take over our hearts and souls. I really love the imagery and the images posted as well. Each line has its unique image and feeling that collaborate to make this piece very memorable. "Shadowed face rouses, hope flares, mist surrounds." This is one of my favorite lines. Thumbz up!!

    • jayb23 profile image


      9 years ago from India

      Simply Amazing. I just loved it. I marvel at your talent. Cheers to a wonderful hub.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      shamel, you put me in some pretty wonderful company there...I hope I can continue to live up to it! Have as wonderful a day as you have made mine! :D

      thanks ethel, I love that song! And that last photo was beautiful, wasn't it? Almost surrealistic, but most likely real.

      erin, I have Stand by Me on my Love songs hub! I'm glad you liked this. I think you are a wonderfully talented poet, so having you say this really means the world to me! Thanks :D

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      erin boote 

      9 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

      wow, you succeeded in taking me away to just where I needed to be with the photos, and music. I love that song also Stand by Me.. this was just a great trip. Thanks, you are just so poetic and talented.

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lovely, especially the last photo and Leneon

    • shamelabboush profile image


      9 years ago

      I really meant what I said K@ri! You are one of the few poets that I enjoy reading. Others like Randy B for instance mesmerises me, and you make me fringe at the words threshold :) have a nice day.


    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      shamel, wordy, yes, well-crafted? Thank you! My head may explode if you compare me to are much, much too kind!

      Tom, Coming from someone like you that means tons! We all travel that path, but occasionally we have to go it alone. :D

      Thanks storyteller, I wish I could claim them, but..alas...they come from Photobucket! The Rockies are beautiful...I've been to them when I lived in New Mexico.

      LOL, Thanks ralwus! A mouthful is true, show-off? It will never be as good as your stuff, but thanks for making me feel good! :D Your comment echos my thoughts. Past and future must reconcile to make a good present. You are a very wise man ralwus!

      ljrc, I did not even know I was a poet, but I continue to try! Thank you soooo much! :D

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Frieda! I felt the photos fit well, I'm glad you felt the same!

      skye, You are much too kind! God does bless me every day! I will visit your hubs and see what you have :D If you want to visit my angel here on hubpages go visit Ripplemaker @

      She is a true angel!

      Thank you Jill, I wish I could claim the pics but they came from Photobucket. A very good site to get pics from if you do not want to sell them. Did you think the music fit? Thanks for the comment!

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      Laura Cole 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Just beautiful! I knew you had to be a poet!

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      9 years ago

      Well now, you have cetainly said a mouthfull here, and so well too I might add. Show off. LOL 'tis good, nay great. Lifes ways are always bringing us back to the past and blending it with the present. thanks Kari

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      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Where did you take these photos? The mountain peaks are distinctive. I live in the Rockies :). Interesting poem. Thanks.

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      Tom rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      Very nice imagery, K@ri. Indeed it does seem a path we all tread alone, though on the way one encounters many.

    • shamelabboush profile image


      9 years ago

      what a lovely, well-crafted, and wordy poem! Sounds like Shakespeare was talking :) Great use of vocabularies.

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      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      K@ri, this is beautiful! The accompanying photos also perfectly complement the poem. Are they yours, (the photos)?

      I also enjoyed the music.

      All the best!

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      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Dear K@ri, I loved yur hub. I am listening to the video nice touch. You are brilliant, I think you are an angel speaking heavenly language, name k@ri. God ihas Blessed you with an annointing. My fav was the the sunrise section. It was all divine. You Shine on girl. Come visit my hubs. I am a newbie and lovin it. Hugs, I will return. 'shalom"

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      Frieda Babbley 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Beautiful k@ri. Just beautiful. The photos are perfect. I enjoyed this a lot. Thanks for sharing this.


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