Backwards / Forward

Life can only be understood backwards.

Unfortunately, it must be lived forward.



We look at what we did and didn’t do

Trying to make sense of our past

Separating the wrong from the true

Seeking our deeper self at last

Wondering what the future will bring

Not sure of how to go from here to there

Fussing about every little thing

Asking ourselves if we should dare

To break into uncharted land

To take that less traveled way

Without any plans or maps at hand

Live our lives just day to day

We don’t see where we are going

By looking backwards all along

The secret lies in really knowing

What is right and what is wrong


We live looking forward

Armed with knowledge from the past


  • Goldfinch60

    Very true that knowledge from the past has given us the experience to move forward with less and less trepidation.

    • FredPeyer

      Thank you Goldfinch! I guess the older we get the less trepidation we have.

    • Michael Edwards

      Well said and well written Fred.

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Michael! I owe you an answer on your mail.

      • orchidee

        Good write Fred.

        • FredPeyer

          Thank you orchi! I am surprised you still have time to comment. Figured that KP is taking all of your free time.

          • orchidee

            Thanks Fred. Well, I can write OK, but can't walk much, due to this ball and chain KP put on my leg!

          • WL Schuett

            Right on target Fred !

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks WL! I like that quote.

            • Louis Gibbs

              A brilliantly done rhyme poem, Fred! It flows quite nicely, and speaks to truths.

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks Louis! I like both free verse and rhymed poems.

              • w c

                Very Insightful

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks w c! We try, do we?

                • Poetic Dan

                  Mind blown away.... To many thoughts jumping around thank you buddy

                  • FredPeyer

                    So sorry, didn't mean to go after your mind. 🙂

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