Done Looking Back

Not sure how many tomorrows I have
sun breaks the clouds
and I smile
I’m just about done looking back
Looking ahead to the distant miles
Endless horizon before me
These days I’ve slowed my pace
so many I love have gone on
secure in assurance of grace
but I ‘m staring straight into glory
right here, right now
in this place
I don’t care anymore for accolades
and applause has lost it’s appeal
I’m just about done looking back,
pardon me if I’m keeping it real
Zipping the backpack, it’s lighter
than the one I carried before
an orange horizon lingers
as I squeeze quietly through the door
one string around my finger
reminder just in case 
I think I’m not sure 
but I’m done with looking back
your accomplishments 
don’t impress me
So save your breath 
for someone else
and birds who don’t long to be free…
I flip through pages and see
 unsatisfied souls 
who can’t breathe
They’re suffocating in 
and visions
of how it should be…
but I’m all done looking back,
content deep within-
I breathe free
and I’m walking into a place where breeze
 alights eternity
No, you can’t come with me now
you need to find your own key
but I hold mine in His hand
and He holds my heart
I stand here in the sunlight…
shadows long in the sand
I don’t fear tomorrow
nor the One who holds my hand
He’s got tomorrow sown up
I’m walking

straight into His plan.

Linking with dVerse for Open Link Night…
but tonight’s a night, quite honestly when I feel like finding a seat and planting myself, right at the bar…and sitting quiet. Forgive me if I am quiet tonight- it was just one of THOSE days…right from the pit of you know where. Sometimes is all you can do is sit shoulder to shoulder, without words, and know that the friends and strangers on either side of you understand, nod and say, “Man, I’ve had those days, too.”So a nod tonight is all I can muster, I’ll be by reading quiet like…just know I am making the rounds tonight, but commentless and tossing back a few rounds appreciating your presence.

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

10 thoughts on “Done Looking Back

  1. Wonderful poem Dawn, hope to join you one day, on the walk with the lighter back pack and straight into his plan, been there once for a brief while and long to be there again. Such peace such certainty and hope, such love.


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