Looking Back

Though comforting
it can be deceiving
recalling the good old days
those cherry-picked collages
of reminiscence
comfortable and simple
and full of known outcomes

It never was so good though
I forget the boredom and sickness
the disappointment of lost toys
and broken hearts
the meanness and cruelty of people
and of the times
it is easy to share now
even humorous sometimes
because it is safe
but the laughter only measures
the time distance
and that we survived

There is no going back
time runs to the fore
so I need to face the horizon
accept the uncertainty
and step out
there is much to be done
there are places to go
and time is at my back

Marv Himmel
March 9, 2017 ©

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