Looking Back

     Youth looks at life through a blind eye, never seeing the future or even realizing that there will be a future, only a never ending supply of todays. Surprise! The future is now, so look around you and live the experience. See!  Notice the so called, ‘little things’ in life, the gifts of nature and human connections, for all things will pass. Time, will pass more quickly than the fastest of man’s inventions. Enjoy, or at least experience what is in front of you today. Looking back should be a long and pleasant trip, not a wishful one, full of ‘if onlys’. Do it! Do it for the you that will be. There is not a better training program, school, or college, than the life you are living. Hence the expression “live and learn!” Regret not, that which wasn’t done.

Live the day,


Looking Back

 It amazes me,

what I didn’t see.

When I was young,

and I was free,

and my eyes, were as good,

as they’d ever be.


Why, when a youth,

with time on my side,

why, weren’t those young eyes,

opened and wide?

Why did I, see only,

that, which could not hide?


No, I never delved,

into the gist,

never tried to look,

beyond the mist.

And hence, so much,

of living missed.


Now, viewing deeper,

in to things,

surprised at what,

the searching brings.

That the bird in hand,

is not apt to sing.


And when the forest,

by winter bared,

reveals the result,

of ages wear.

Trees of giant stature once,

reduced, to insect’s lairs.


Nothing is without,

an end of days.

 That for sure, I see,

and, on me now it weighs.

But, you cannot now revisit,

now in the past, it stays.


So you of new,

and wondering eyes.

View beyond the face,

of which, in front of you does lie.

Look deeply, into what is there,

then let your spirit fly.


 Jack Downing

Mar. 2011



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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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5 Responses to Looking Back

  1. cdnpearly says:

    Great poem Jack. So very true. I especially like the line about the trees/insect hair…good visual. See you SOON! xo

  2. Sentiments that make sense to us elders. Have a relative who hasw college education and working minimum wage because he does not what responsibilty and stress and could pass a urine test. Approaching 30. No pension, no savings, no nothing. This relative will be work until the day he dies and will desrve the regrets if this relative” looks back. Your “what I didn’t see ” will come back to hit him real hard.

  3. Oh, I remember now, Tune in, turn on, drop out.

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