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June 29, 2010
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There are times when I think the best place to be is back.
To go back there, to go back when
to return to the places I’ve already been.

It is safer, to be sure, on the worn and treaded grass: back.

It winks and sways in the light of the sun
inviting, tempting, as if a new journey hasn’t already begun.
But one look back could be my last
one glance behind and lost is the future path.
In the past I would remain, lonely and forgotten
as the present slips by me, wind carrying cotton.

The path left behind is old and worn
back there, I remember, there were a few thorns.
The grass up ahead may be thorny too
but I shouldn’t evade it just because it is new.

To go back there, to go back when
to return to the places I’ve already been is nostalgically weak.
It is safer, to be sure, but cowardly and bleak.

The path up ahead is fresh and in bloom
it waits for me to discover its hue.
So I’ll march right up, without looking back
and take my first steps on the untreaded grass.
I won’t worry if I come across few thorns here and there, for I already know what to do:
I’ll think back on my journey through the old and worn grass and I’ll know how to handle the new.

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so_joy said...
Aug. 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm
Great! Good job! Written very well. Please read,rate,and comment on my poems! Thanks!
Jellybean9898 said...
Aug. 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm
you really get the message out.  i loved this.  great job
Danica replied...
Aug. 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm
Thank you :)
mmoran said...
Aug. 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm
This poem has a great sense of self about how it is written, and has an important meaning attached as well.
Danica replied...
Aug. 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm
Thanks so much!
bakedbeans replied...
Aug. 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm
wow the message is really good 
Danica replied...
Aug. 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm
Thanks I'm glad you like it!
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