Dead End

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Dead End

In reflection
I see beyond the sorrow 
Mourning the loss of future
but understanding the past 
You were the road I had to travel
A journey with a twisted path
of excitement and mystery
but paved with potholes
and eventually a dead end

Why did I have to travel
along this way 
and not another?
Not understanding it then
but now in retrospect 
realizing the burden was
placed on my back with a purpose
That I might learn
to see the warning signs 

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  21 comments for “Dead End

  1. May 21, 2023 at 10:55 am

    Maybe it is better with the road less travelled… we are too often lured on the wrong way

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 8:30 am

      Or else we are stuck at a crossroads 😧

  2. sanaarizvi
    May 20, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    I resonate so strongly with this one, Christine. Evocative write ❤️❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 8:26 am

      Thank you dear Sanaa. ❤️❤️

  3. May 20, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Powerful words. Wisdom often comes at a price.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 20, 2023 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you and yes, it always does. ☺️💕

  4. May 19, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Loved this!!! Wisdom is learning from the life, lessons and mistakes of others instead of having to learn from making them ourselves!! The warning signs and signals don’t always register with the young about the “consequences”! Makes me think of Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and that maybe you wrote the narrative of what taking the other road might have been?? 😊💕🌹

    • Christine Bolton
      May 20, 2023 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Chuck. So kind ☺️❤️ . Don’t forget the famous Yogi Berra quote “when you come to a fork in the road … take it 🤣

  5. May 19, 2023 at 7:39 am

    It’s good if we can learn from those wrong turns. A thought-provoking poem, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 19, 2023 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Merrill ☺️
      Sadly we sometimes only see our mistakes in hindsight

      • May 19, 2023 at 3:24 pm

        You’re welcome. So true!

  6. May 19, 2023 at 2:31 am

    I like the change of perspective in the last few lines, a good ending. Great poem!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 20, 2023 at 9:34 am

      Thank you Jay ☺️❤️

  7. May 19, 2023 at 12:08 am

    Great poem! You never know what road you’d be on today if you never took that detour first.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 8:25 am

      Yes Jason. We are always navigating something aren’t we? ☺️

  8. May 18, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    Our mistakes teach us the lessons we need. So well written Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 8:24 am

      Thank you dear Sadje. ☺️💕

      • May 23, 2023 at 8:26 am

        You’re most welcome

  9. May 18, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    Experience is a hard teacher. Hopefully we learn and don’t keep repeating it. Well done.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 23, 2023 at 8:24 am

      Thank you Dwight. It sometimes takes a lifetime to figure it out

      • May 23, 2023 at 11:12 am

        yes it does!

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