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Face the Past

Shannon is a passionate individual whose feelings and thoughts tend spill onto the pages, often in the form of poetry and sometimes essays.


When at last

You turn to face the past

Much to your surprise

You find

That uncertain act dismissed

A ghost that did not exist

As you learned

You also turned

From the last of the worry and the grief

To a rush of sweet relief


Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on November 14, 2019:

Hi Michael,

I'm pleased you find inspiration in my words. It's sometimes easier said than done. I know that from experience. But it's always worth it when we reach the point the past can no longer hurt us.

DREAM ON on November 14, 2019:

The past has always been a tough pill for me to swallow. I am good for awhile then I think of what I did and what I could of done and it sends my head spinning. I move forward and once and awhile relapse to think of what if. If I keep busy the past stays at a distance. Thank you for another inspirational poem. I will try to remember your words and move on.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 31, 2019:

Thanks, Brenda. Yes, sometimes it's hard to see how we made it. But we can be thankful we did.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 31, 2019:


This is awesome work.

From the beginning words in the box to the poem and the coordinating music.

It is hard to get there, but usually when you finally look back, you realize you dealt with it. Not too sure how, but you made it.

Good write.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on March 04, 2019:

You're welcome. :)

Klara Willing from Edinburgh on March 04, 2019:

This is so beautiful of you to say Shannon!! Thank you a lot!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on March 01, 2019:

Thank you, Tana. I appreciate that.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on March 01, 2019:

Oh, Shannon this was beautiful! Not too many words but powerful in its statement.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on March 01, 2019:

Aw, Klara, if this poem gives you strength then I am glad. If that poem of yours that I read earlier is a reflection of what you're going through then hold to the hope that I sensed at the end of your poem. And remember you're never as alone as it sometimes feels.

Klara Willing from Edinburgh on March 01, 2019:

This is such a beautiful poem! It suits the situation I'm in at the moment. Thank you for giving me strength with your wonderful words.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on January 04, 2019:

We had a very good Christmas this year, thanks for asking. I hope you did as well. Our new year has been off to a bit of a rocky start, though. However, I refuse to stress about it. Things will work themselves out somehow and I am optimistic about plenty of other things. Happy New Year to you.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 03, 2019:

Good to see you too, have missed you and I understand. Had to force myself to finish my last two which were holiday stories and had to be done before they were over and I just made it!

Hope you had a special holiday. Happy New Year.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 31, 2018:

It's okay, Jackie. I haven't been around much in quite some time. I try to keep up and then life has other plans. Just the other day I thought of your story series that I want to finish. Good to see you.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 31, 2018:

Wow, just came across this and although I follow you I have not gotten a notice. Well sorry but here I am and will try to keep up and check some of your others I have missed. Always liked your writings.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 23, 2018:

That's so true, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 23, 2018:

Some memories are really easy to relinquish whereas others seem to hang on for way too long. The striking thing is you can't always tell in advance which you'll have on your hands.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 10, 2018:

Great, Dana. Let me know when you publish it. Can't wait to read it!

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on December 10, 2018:

Oh, Shannon I really enjoyed this it reminds me of the poem I'm working on. I think we are on the same page.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 08, 2018:

Thanks, Pamela. Glad you enjoyed it.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 08, 2018:

Hi Chitrangada,

Yes, it is sometimes easier said than done. Other times, it's quite easy. I suppose it depends on a lot of factors. Thanks for stopping by.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 08, 2018:

I really enjoyed the poem, and the music was good also.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 08, 2018:

Beautiful expressions and so relatable!

It’s wiser to move on and we must do it, but it’s easier said, than done. Life moves on and that too at a fast pace. If we cling on to the unpleasant memories of the past, we will lag behind. Therefore, better face it boldly, as you have advised. Nice and motivational poem.

Thanks for sharing!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 07, 2018:

Thanks, Gypsy. It's a song that seemed to fit the mood.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 07, 2018:

Wonderful verse and great choice of music

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 07, 2018:

Bill, you make me smile. Some things take longer than others to learn, I guess. I know I've certainly felt as if I should have been further on than I actually am at times. Or find that I'd merely buried something I thought I'd let go of when it is finally released in whole. So many other things seem lighter, too, when that happens.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 07, 2018:

Hi Mary,

Sounds as though you related to this on a personal level somehow. They say that time heals all. I don't know about that, but it certainly heals quite a lot, no matter how long it takes. Sometimes it's two steps forward and one step back all the way to the finish line.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 07, 2018:

Well I wish someone had pointed this out about forty years ago instead of waiting this long for me to learn it. Sheez! Talk about a steep learning curve. :) Lovely sentiment and message here, my friend.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 07, 2018:

Thank you, Eric. Good to see you here. I don't know why we all do it, but seems we all do sometimes. Sometimes we aren't even aware we are doing it or are unaware of how deeply something haunts us until it's effectively banished.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 07, 2018:

You are so right. It takes time to heal especially from a loss of someone dear. I keep reminding myself each day to face the new and move on.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 07, 2018:

This idea always fascinates me. We all know living with regrets of the past is bad. So why does everyone do it? Even if just for a second we all do it.

Thanks for the reminder to face forward and not backwards for I surely would stumble.

It is very good to hear from you.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 07, 2018:

Thanks, John. And thanks for your reading loyalty. I know I've been quite scarce around here for some time. I'm missing out on great work like yours, which makes it more meaningful to me that you continue to read when I manage to publish something.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on December 07, 2018:

Hi Rinita,

Thanks so much. I'm glad that you find it to be motivational.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 07, 2018:

Yes, Shannon, we often spend time worrying about stuff in the past, but if we actually face it it is we can often dismiss it from our thoughts and move on. Good poem.

Rinita Sen on December 07, 2018:

Motivational for those like me who've always had a hard time moving on. Strong poem teeming with positivity.

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