A Thousand Directions


Life is a thicket of choices
a thousand roads leading towards
and directing away
from where I stand
a thousand books and road signs
pointing, but for life there is no map
the exact distance between
where I am and that place I could have been
is a jagged branch I could never truly climb
for the winds of regret only sway us
and serve to waste our time.

Also linking with Poetry Jam

Each day is an opportunity to travel back into tomorrow's past and change it. 
~Robert Brault


Comments

  1. "Each day is an opportunity to travel back into tomorrow's past and change it " that is true...
    But sometimes Id like to change my yesterday's past...

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  2. I agree Haylie it would be nice to change yesterday's past....hope you have a wonderful week! :-)

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  3. Enjoyed this one, Carrie especially the 'thicket of choices' image.

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  4. travel back into tomorrow's past ?

    No travelling needed, for that makes it today, and our new road is wide open...

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  5. this was wonderful, as usual :)

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  6. This one reached out to me Carrie - another great post!

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  7. the winds of regret only sway us
    and serve to waste our time

    so true!
    beautiful words
    love your poem

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  8. ah the winds of regret ring so very true to me...and I need to remember not to waste time over what is past- just learn from it.
    Well done and by the way I love your header photo!

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  9. This is so good - such a richness about it - that first line is a stunner.

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  10. I especially like "thicket of choices". Nice.

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  11. The last line was perfect..a good reminder..very well written!

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  12. Carrie, this is so rich in images and ideas that it is difficult to choose a favourite. But this one, "a thousand books and road signs pointing, but for life there is no map" shouts the fact that no matter how much we prepare, reality always confounds us with disappointments and delights!

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  13. Wow, a poem full of hope and light so well expressed. A very enjoyable read. :)

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  14. the exact distance between
    where I am and that place I could have been
    is a jagged branch I could never truly climb



    love this, friend.

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  15. O Carrie love that first line....it is a thicket of choices....you must be busy have not seen you post much of late...blessings...bkm

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  16. Wow, this is so full of so much emotion and reminds me of many crossroads! I love the line the jagged branch, so true~
    Really wonderful!

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  17. Wonderful, Carrie, such a powerful use of words that say so much!

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  18. This picture stumped me - so your poem and GREAT first liner is a marvel to me...

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  19. Hi Carrie,

    Yes, life presents so many challenges. And there is no map! We make the best choices we can.

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  20. so true on the winds of regret carrie....when we make those choices we have no inkling what they might turn up as so we do the best we can knowing in many cases we cant go back and change them...

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  21. This poem really resonates with me, Carrie......especially "a jagged branch I could never truly climb." Beautiful. Hits home.

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  22. Carrie, I am so glad you posted this again .. I loved it way back then, even more today!!!

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  23. I agree, regrets is a waste of time....we only learn along the way, there is no map ~

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  24. Wise poem Carrie and we must just keep going somewhere. I really love the photo you have at the top of you blog. And thank you for visiting my blog and Poetry Jam.

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  25. wonderful take on the prompt!

    thanks for participating at Poetry Jam!

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