Lifeless eyes stare behind

Feared monsters of the past

Lurk in faint candlelight

Haunting shadows are cast


Regrets the chalice fill

Rue the overflowing

In hopes left from what will

Pain comes from the knowing


The icy chill blows cold

That body blades against

We feed the sting of old

In words we never meant


Behold the wishes burned

On the altar of time

The thought of love unearned

Seen as a dying crime


These ghosts will never last

Staring back from the night

Until your time has passed

Forward keep your sight


14 Responses to “Forward”
  1. beth says:

    yes, onward. nice word smithing

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Forward always, don’t even step back to get some impulse, a most beautiful and poignant work my friend.

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I’m sure we all have regrets, but we’ve got to keep moving forward…

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Beautifully written my friend but sad. An unfortunate part of war that I will never understand how people cope with just the weather and lack of very basic comfort. I can’t even imagine the rest. I hope you are well Brad and that you are able to get away and do some things occasionally. We are stuck at home and it is a bit trying not to see others. Keeping you in my heart and prayers. Love ❤️ Jonikins

  5. kristianw84 says:

    Beautifully written, Brad! It’s hard not to let the troubles of our past haunt us at times, but you’re right, we shouldn’t live there. Keeping our sights set ahead, moving forward, learning and growing from our past is important. Very wise advice wrapped beautifully in a poem. Bravo! 👏❤

  6. yassy says:

    I don’t know how you do it but this one is a star of a poem. Happy Sunday , Brad.

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    Nothing wrong with occasionally looking back as long as we’re trying to learn from past mistakes.

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