Noreen Carden

(16/12/50 / Mayo)

Life A Journey


I am born.
My own clean sheet.
My road in life is incomplete.
I start my journey baby steps
Alternate routes to right and left.
Wayward steps lead me astray.
My parents, warned, worried, prayed.

My journeys changed now i'm full grown.
My steps are totally my own.
I learn each time i veer away.
Each lesson marks me in some way.
My scars i hide, my fair sides out.
I walk and learn what life is about.

Now i'm in my sunset years.
I've learned my lessons have no fear
I made mistakes along the way.
Each time my conscience made me pay.
Advice to youth if they allow.
Life is precious live well now.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Edited: Sunday, January 05, 2014

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A poem i wrote after spending the day taking care of one of my grandchildren and wondering what life holds for him

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  • Daniel Brick (5/29/2014 9:22:00 PM)

    This poem came out of genuine experience and its truthfulness is obvious in every line. And there's not a trace of sentimentality which spoils much lyric poetry of memory to my mind. There is a double track of genuine experience
    the poem embodies: first, your memories of your life, and second, your meditation on the future while babysitting a grandchild. Memory and Projection, Past and Future - This is how we conquer Time. Wait, that's too aggressive a statement. This is not a poem of We Humans vs. Cruel Time, like Shakespeare's sonnets, nor is it fixated in a past we cannot recover. The title should have informed me: Life A Journey. You are at a way station on this journey, assessing how you lived the journey and wondering how the little one will live it. Janus-like you are looking backward and forward, without regret or fear. It took me a while to work my way to expressing in words what your poem had already impressed on my feelings. Your poem shows me why I value Lyric Poetry so highly! (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (1/5/2014 4:25:00 PM)

    A nice elaboration of the life's passage...... loved it.
    You can read my Up to you. (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (1/3/2014 10:42:00 AM)

    Hi Noreen, I love what you've captured here. To me, live is an eternal voyage in which we grow awareness, knowingness and a lifetime is but a chapter in that eternal voyage. Best wishes to you and yours over 2014. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (12/30/2013 1:58:00 PM)

    I walk and learn what life, s about.
    I've learned my lesson, s have no fears.

    could you, noreen, please explain the form of the contractions in the above lines? one i would have
    considered a typo; two i consider something i'm not sure of. are you teasing me? ? ? you are! OOPS!
    my error....the second one would not be a contraction, but, instead, a plural noun form. right?

    speaking of mistakes....i guess every honest person admits to a mistake now and then. some things in my life which other people would call mistakes, however, i would term misjudgements due to lack of experience and/or knowledge............like my marriages!
    it is so easy to SAY live well now and sometimes so DIFFICULT to do. though i've made some mistakes and misjudgements in my life, i still consider that i have lived well....esp. compared to many people.
    thanks for sharing. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • John Brown (11/11/2013 7:25:00 AM)

    A very well written poem Noreen, which I enjoyed. I've never heard the term 'fair sides out' before, is it an Irish one? (Report) Reply

  • Clarence Prince (11/8/2013 10:58:00 AM)

    Blessed are all those parents who warned, worried and prayed for their children; this is a really nice poem! Well done, Noreen! (Report) Reply

  • Clarence Prince (11/8/2013 10:57:00 AM)

    Blessed are all those parents who warned, worried and prayed for their children; this is a really nice poem! Well done, Noreen! (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (10/29/2013 7:22:00 AM)

    It was such a pleasure to read this poem of wisdom!
    A wonderful poem with an appropriate title. Life's journey seen, traversed and told well. The last stanza is the best, the last two lines priceless!
    The note is good too. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (10/19/2013 5:23:00 AM)

    Very true words, we all benefit from hindsight. Live life with a kind and gentle heart. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (10/17/2013 6:13:00 PM)

    an excellent poem on life's journey. and oh the lessons we learn along the way. enjoyed this one (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (10/16/2013 3:11:00 PM)

    All that I can say towards this very fine poem is: Amen! So well stated, in such a wise way. (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (10/12/2013 8:55:00 AM)

    Life is a journey and many lessons we learn during the whole course. It's a nice poem with a good message to whom who are still at the outset of their journey. (Report) Reply

  • Roseann Shawiak (10/6/2013 3:01:00 AM)

    I often wonder what life will hold for my grandchildren in their futures. Every moment of life is precious, more so now that I'm also in my senior years. Your poem says what I know to be true in my own life. Love this poem, it's so beautifully stated, the way you show the path to maturity by stating the past. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (9/29/2013 10:20:00 PM)

    Yes life is a journey and we travel its many winding roads.
    We don't always know what's around the curbs we can only
    hope for the best. Live and learn. Nice write. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/29/2013 1:45:00 AM)

    When a person who has learned lessons through years of experience give out such great advice, it has lot of credibility and authenticity! Enjoyed this lovely poem! ! (Report) Reply

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