Face the Past

Updated on December 6, 2018
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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


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      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        5 days ago from Texas

        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.

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        DREAM ON 

        5 days ago

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        2 months ago from Texas

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

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 months ago from Washington Court House

        Shannon,

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        8 months ago from Texas

        You're welcome. :)

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        Klara Willing 

        8 months ago from Edinburgh

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

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        8 months ago from Texas

        Thank you, Tana. I appreciate that.

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        Dana Tate 

        8 months ago from LOS ANGELES

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

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        Shannon Henry 

        8 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Klara Willing 

        8 months ago from Edinburgh

        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.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        10 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        10 months ago from The Beautiful South

        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.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        10 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        10 months ago from The Beautiful South

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

        That's so true, Flourish.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        11 months ago from USA

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

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

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        Dana Tate 

        11 months ago from LOS ANGELES

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

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        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

        Thanks, Pamela. Glad you enjoyed it.

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        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        11 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        11 months ago from New Delhi, India

        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!

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        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

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

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        11 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Wonderful verse and great choice of music

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        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Bill Holland 

        11 months ago from Olympia, WA

        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.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Mary Norton 

        11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        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.

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        Eric Dierker 

        11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        11 months ago from Texas

        Hi Rinita,

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

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        John Hansen 

        11 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Rinita Sen 

        11 months ago

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

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