Poem: “Back to the future”

When I look at the two of you it is apparent

(at least to me)

that one of you is looking forward and

one is looking back.

 

The one that is outgoing and gregarious

looks hopefully to the uncertainty of the future and

the one that is introverted and retrospective

looks longingly for the comfort of the past.

 

At eight I look forward to seeing the

type of adult you will turn into

(twenty years from now)

And at eleven I often wonder what

type of adult you would have been

(twenty years ago).

 

The lead-by-example stargazer and

the take-it-all-in old soul

and what is funny is that although you seem to have

a grasp on these eras

neither of you has been there

(yet).

copyright 2012 Steven Harz

Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music - either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch. Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly! Music is available on all streaming platforms - please check it out!

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