Monday, August 6, 2012

“An Ending Begins”

Standing on the edge looking back—   
            So many decisions gone wrong   
                        So many decisions proved right   
                                    No way of tracing patterns   
            The child longs for easier ways—   
                        Rainbows, buttercups under the chin   
                                    Seeking security   
                                                Returning to the womb   
Standing on the edge looking ahead—   
            So many unknowns   
                        So many possibilities   
                                    No way of seeing patterns   
            The youth longs for challenge—   
                        First love, free falling from the sky   
                                    Embracing life  
                                                Escaping tight bondage   
Standing on the edge looking inward—   
            So many “what ifs”   
                        So many “if onlys”   
                                    No way of changing patterns   
            The elder dreams on of new beginnings   
                        Second chances, another step into sunshine   
                                    Gathering warmth   
                                                Longing to be young again   

Copyright 1996 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman

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