poetry and prose about place

forward direction

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Going over some older writing, I discovered the poem below. Retired now, I remember days when I thought I couldn’t take another minute of work situations I can’t now even remember.  A good message for me when I feel stressed.  Ask myself if I will even recall the circumstances of this moment years from now.  The photos are from a drive to work in 2011.





in car-contained wrath

aftermath of a stress-filled day

a shadow cloud of dots and dashes crosses

my road, there and gone

feathered beings, perhaps

a murmuration of birds

or an incantation of angels

wing tips backward beating

frail quills and  a message

to go forward





early autumn morning



lots of fog on a morning commute



looks like this was a drive ‘to’ work and I was late … no wonder I was stressed!



green means ‘go forward’


Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

June 3, 2015 at 7:02 am

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  1. I like the poem and images. They go together so well. I still remember the frustrations and stress of work, but when I try to recall the specifics of them, they are mostly gone. Perhaps the memories of the emotions will disappear with time, too.

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    June 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    • I was lucky because I had a job I loved. Stress was my constant companion, but much was due to my personality. I remember my daily commute very well. Jane


      jane tims

      June 4, 2015 at 6:23 pm

  2. I really like the emotions and images in this poem. The last four lines are especially moving. From my last months at work, I wish I couldn’t remember those frustrations. I have forgiven the people involved but won’t forget, as that kind of meanness needs to be avoided. I am wiser now and not so naive. The poem and photos are wonderful.

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    Carol Steel

    June 3, 2015 at 10:26 am

    • Hi Carol . Even in retirement, there are still frustrations and stress. The trick is to put it all in perspective! Jane


      jane tims

      June 3, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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