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The Road Ahead

Two score and a decade have past
It's time to be reflective
To take account of all I've done
And put it in perspective

All my wild oats are sown
The grain is in the bin
Sometimes I wish I had a way
To show just where I've been

I map out my destruction
So those who come will know
The roads that I have taken
Are not the way to go

I've climbed the tree of life
And sampled all the sins
The good ones and the bad ones
I've set foot on every limb

I've bathed in pools of sorrow
I've danced in pleasures rain
I've walked through fields of glory
And suffered human pain

I've battled my afflictions
I've embraced the joy of love
I took what I was given
And thanked the Lord above

Not everything was happy
Yet all was not that bad
I'm grateful for the journey
Through the life that I have had

So now I sit in retrospect
Of all my living days
Writing down my words of life
To put them on display

The echos of my mothers words
Still linger in my head
"Don't mess around with all those things
Or one day you'll be dead"

My father lived to eighty two
He drank and smoked and cussed
My mother lived to eighty one
And never touched the stuff

He sat there at the alter
Of his favorite bar and grill
Drinking sacrificial booze
And giving up his will

She was pure with heart of gold
She never went astray
Yet life left her a decade with
No thoughts of yesterday

Alzheimers was her reward
For doing all things right
Bed ridden in her final days
Until she saw the light

Who's to say how it will end
Or where that place will be
A gutter in the streets of life
Or home where I should be

So as I sit and contemplate
These moments of my past
I think about the road ahead
And how long it will last

Rockman  :-)

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  1. Date: 4/26/2012 8:13:00 PM
    Thanks, Rockman, for your kind comments. This is a truly great poem of yours. I thoroughly enjoyed its realism and so well written. God bless, Maureen

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 9:21:00 PM
    Beautiful Rockman! I will have add you as one of my favorite poets!

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 5:44:00 AM
    Bravo Rockman! This poem is fantastic! You say it just right. It's beautiful, sad and true all together. I really loved it ...Samia

  1. Date: 4/5/2012 10:29:00 PM
    Excellent message here!!! We cannot know our fates AT ALL. I never dreamed I'd be sitting here in my mere 50's with a painful shoulder or back every night. Or that my stepdad would one day die of Alzheimers or friends would die before me. All so sad and unpredictable.

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    Date: 4/5/2012 11:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I never dreamed that our government would turn it's back on my painful back after I spent so many years breaking it for them and my family. But that's another story. Thanks for your kind comment. :-)
  1. Date: 4/5/2012 8:23:00 AM
    I am glad to meet you Rockman. and thank you for commenting. I am just getting my eyes open this morning but I will read more of your postings. You had a lot to say of the perils and wonder of life in this one. Great reading. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 9:13:00 PM
    Hi; I don't think that i ever read a poem of yours, but I think that tis is a master peice. We all know how we are born, but we don't know how will die, Thanks for sharing this with us. Lucilla.