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As we slip from May to June, our schedules are filled with end-of-school celebrations, commencements, weddings, anniversaries, and anticipation of summer vacations — all marking stones in life that give us reason to look both backward and forward, to celebrate the past and the future in the present moment. And so today, I write and share randomly about the word future.

Writing to a word prompt : future.

00:00.00 Start…  five-minutes of writing

The future–
an unknown landscape
an unmapped territory
a path that’s untrodden
beyond the past
further than the present

The future–
frightening to some
desired by others
never arriving
always waiting
destination of all

My future–
a gift of life,
a vision of hope
dreams of my heart
formed by my choices
and miracles from God

© 2017 Alice Nine

… STOP 05:01.47 (lines were rearranged after STOP)

Celebrating the beauty of my survivor.

Beside our driveway, outside my kitchen window, is a very old rose bush. Moss likes to cling to its thick trunk. It survived an episode when its root system was accidentally yanked out of the ground with a backhoe. Its roots were pushed back into the hole and given some water. Its trunk was supported by the iron rod (photo 2). Some years it gets a bit of tender-loving care, and some years it is all but ignored. Yet each year, it shares its delicate pink color and sweet fragrance. This week after braving a severe winter and a late spring, it gave us an unprecedented show. I’ve stood in our driveway on several occasions to admire its beauty, to ponder it as a metaphor life — surviving the past, beautiful in the present, and an unknown future.

Notice the the iron rod to which the trunk is attached.
We never removed the support.

Quotes about the future.

“I touch the future. I teach.”  –Christa McAuliffe.  ( Christa’s lost lessons )

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  – Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? . . . Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” –Matthew 6:25-34 (NKJV)


Of the future, some sing,

“Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be.”

And though there is truth in the words of this refrain,
there is an even greater truth in the words the next song.

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

–Words by Ira Stanphill, 1950. (Ira Stanphill was our Pastor when we lived in Fort Worth, Texas, during the years that my husband studied at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.)

I’ve linked up —
with Buffy at Buffy’s Blog where bloggers share all things poetry,
with Kate Motaung where bloggers share a five minute quick write on a chosen word,
and with Ruth Ayres where bloggers share celebrations.

Poetry Friday Schedule: 2017 January – June.
Poetry Friday Guidelines  and more about Poetry Friday.

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Celebrate this Week.  #Celebratelu.