Changing the Future


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Changing the Future by Looking at the Past

This year the earth revealed its splendor,

 I watched keenly and wrote with joy,

As each delicious moment appeared,

The pleasures were mine to enjoy,

Yet I knew everything in my path,

Was not deserved, whether good or bad,

Possessions and talents squandered,

The things I wanted or thought I had,

Slipped dancing before my eyes,

Laughs I’ve given and sorrows, too,

Started coming back, one at a time,

Returning as Capistrano’s swallows do,

Time elapsed quickly like sand in a glass,

Keeping me mindful of family and friends,

I invested in friendship and gave love away,

Stayed vulnerable, bending with the winds,

My yesterdays were counted and gone,

Once spent, no way to pull them back,

But each day was a bonus and not my last,

That’s why I am so very determined,

To change the future by looking at the past,

Each day I’ll do an unexpected good,

Because everybody is broken in some way,

I’ll reach out to those who feel misunderstood,

I’ll be encouraging, patient and gentle every day,

I’ll try to make this year even better,

For there is still so much to be done,

I’ll lead by example, helping with love,

Reaching out to the world, one by one.

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  1. Hello Dan,
    hope you are well.

    I like each and every poem you write, but you know that already, how could I not like them when you write so deep, from the bottom of your psyche. Everytime I read one of your poems I feel that you are a the master of communication! Life experiences made you a very kind philosopher who sees poetry as a way to share his beautiful thoughts to everybody.
    I will stop though now, because I wouldn’t like to think of my admiration as flattery, because I respect to you to much to flatter you. And this is why I don’t write to you often.
    Changing topic…I wish you to have a Very Merry Christmas with your family and friends, and a very Happy New Year.

    Best Wishes
    K.
    ps. Thank you so much for your comments, I really appreciate them.

  2. Hello Dan,
    hope you are well.

    I like each and every poem you write, but you know that already, how could I not like them when you write so deep, from the bottom of your psyche. Everytime I read one of your poems I feel that you are The master of communication! Life experiences made you a very kind philosopher who sees poetry as a way to share his beautiful thoughts with everybody.
    I will stop though now, because I wouldn’t like for you to think of my admiration as flattery, because I respect to you to much to flatter you. And this is why I don’t write to you so often.
    Changing topic…I wish you to have a Very Merry Christmas with your family and friends, and a very Happy New Year.

    Best Wishes
    K.
    ps. Thank you so much for your comments, I really appreciate them.
    PLEASE DELETE THE FIRST COMMENT, I AMENDED MY ERRORS …SORRY

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Write often because you inspire me. Family: My children are grown and live in California. Friends: My friends live everywhere. Merry Christmas to you also. Best wishes, Dan May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

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