In this moment
I can see backward
To my past

In this moment
I can see forward
To my future

And both intertwine
To create beauty
In this moment

And the words of
The songs I sang
When I was young

Are playing in this moment
While I am home
And there is a swirl

Of present
Of past
Of future

As the words
Conjure memories
Long lying still

And they tap
On the present
Waking my heart

And they harken a future
With memories of today
And conjoined
Memories from
Further ago
But feel so present

And the words
Are fresh
And clear

And mean more today
Having lived more life

Yet the meaning
Of my youth
Is attached, still

And my first love
Is in the room again
All these years later

With the song
And the music
And life

Jennifer Gurney lives in Colorado where she teaches, paints, writes and hikes. She is a newly published poet with nearly 300 poems published in 2022 and 2023. Jennifer’s poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Ravens Perch, HaikUniverse, Haiku Corner, Cold Moon Journal, Scarlet Dragonfly and The Haiku Foundation.