Next Moments


It is impossible to be happy all the time

Our lives are in the ebb and flow

A constant parade of things unknown

And feelings we neither want or need

That keeps the happy from being freed

We become bound in the woes of the world


Strength comes in the spirit knowing

Even as the world turns to ashen gray

And our joys seem so yesterday

Each dawn brings white canvas clean

Our lives await their painted scene

And the colors they hold, we choose


We have all sat in those shadows

Trapped in the negative space

Where happiness is hard to trace

But we must learn to let it go

Or it becomes all that we know

And happy turns to fond memory


Recognize the tide and its change

Felt in all that you must feel

Release the pain, begin to heal

See again with clearer eyes

Your happiness again will rise

Next moments may hold your dawn


17 Responses to “Next Moments”
  1. beth says:

    i’ve learned to accept the ebb and flow and am much happier because of it –

  2. kristianw84 says:

    It’s odd, sometimes the things that hurt us the most are the hardest to let go of, but happiness usually follows when we do. At the very least, you’re right in that it brings clarity. Beautiful as always!

  3. jonicaggiano says:

    This is not only beautiful but true my friend.

    “And our joys seem so yesterday
    Each dawn brings white canvas clean
    Our lives await their painted scene”

    Lovely writing Brad. xoxoxo Jonikens

  4. Beautiful 🌹🥰❤️

  5. Jim Borden says:

    life has its ups and downs, and we have to learn how to manage both…

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Jim echoes my thoughts on this subject. Learning to deal with disappointment is part of life. Do we wallow in self-pity, or do we pick ourselves back up and try to do better the next time around?

  7. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Cycles, ebb then flow, the way of life, it’s not necessarily a straightforward line but many circles. Lovely idea and a brilliant poem.

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