Urban Rancher Publishing

Looking in My Mirror Backwards

  As he comes to the end of his day of reflecting, of looking into the mirror of his life, he looked up at the stars and smiled, remembering the Little Prince and his flower, and felt some of the inner peace that he had been looking for beginning to take shape in his soul . . .


Poems

The Urban Rancher
My Bike
Childhood's Maze
It's Almost Too Late
Little Brother
Floppy-Eared Dog
Only in Estes
Midlife
Death of an Old Friend
Flowers
The Mirror
McGraw Ranch
The Breakfast Ride
The Steak Fry
The Old Cowboy
The Mummy
The Ride
The Character
Our Steeds
The Garden
The Honeymoon Night
The Perfume
The Last Ranch
Patterns
Our Reunion
Where Are You Now?
The Forties
Mortality
Co-Dependents
Make Some Memories
Reflections
The High Country
How Can We Help?
Skybear
One of Those Days
The Vultures
Looking Backwards

As I come to the end of this day of reflections,
Of looking back at my life from its start,
I look at that person I see in my mirror,
And see that I've not always been smart.

But I haven't done badly when I total the score,
As I see the changes that are mine.
It would have been better to become more aware
Much earlier in life, but that's just fine.

It's never too late to start looking for change,
To improve on the person you were.
Whether you're twenty or forty, or sixty and more,
You're in charge of your life, that's for sure.

We live in a country of opportunity unbounded,
And we have the privilege of having the space
To not just survive, but look into ourselves,
And examine the issues we face.

The world's getting crazier, the violence escalates,
As it creeps into the fabric of our life.
It's up to us to retain our perspective and balance,
To find the inner peace among the daily strife.

As I look in my mirror backwards, what will I see,
And what will I do to change my ways?
Now that I've looked backwards, it's forward I go,
Charting a new course for my days.

The road I've chosen won't always be smooth,
And there will always be obstacles to find.
I may stumble and fall, but I'll always get up,
And go on with this incredible journey of the mind.

And where are you in your journey, my friend?
Are you waiting to start, or are you on your way?
Look in your mirror backwards, it's not hard to do,
And you'll start going forwards each day.

Go ahead, take that big step onto the road of life --
You never know where it will take you.
For to grow and to change, to heal and improve,
The reflections from your mirror will ring true.
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