Poem-a-Day Writer’s Digest Challenge #27. Theme: Looking Back

Sepia shoes

In Retrospect

When I was a little girl,
I wanted to be a “beauty shopper”.
(I’d meant a hairdresser.)
I’m glad that never happened.

When I was a little girl,
I always wanted a dollhouse.
I’m okay that never happened.

When I was a little girl,
I wanted to be a writer,
but not necessarily a mother.
I’m glad I’m both.

When I was a little girl,
I wish we lived up North,
closer to extended family.
I’m okay that didn’t happen.

When I was a young woman,
I wanted to marry my first real boyfriend.
I’m extremely glad that never happened.

When I was in college the first time,
I thought I wanted to be a chef.
I’m glad I thought better of it.

When I worked for Lundgren’s Groceries,
I wanted to make it my career.
I’m glad they sold out,
or I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Looking back, I can see clearly now,
for the future that is now my present,
has cleared the rain of discontent.

When I look into the mirror now,
I see my path becoming straighter,
but not set in stone,
leaving room for things even greater.

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