What I Miss Along the Way

Evening Panorama

I usually walk somewhere nearby every day, often to the library just to have a destination. There are parks nearby and a botanic garden. What do I see? Sidewalks, trees, ponds, residential buildings, stores, town offices, game fields, skies, grass, clouds, birds of all sizes and there are even people, many of whom are familiar. I should not take this gift for granted.

I miss most of what there’s to see,
most everything there is that’s real,
most every thought that comes my way.
Forgive me for that every day.

Should my walks lead me past you
while daily wandering as I do,
forgive me most of all for that.
You smile. I know. I’m smiling back.

Linked to dVerse Poetics. Sarah is hosting with the theme of the journeys we routinely take. Mine would be simple walks. I am also linking this to Debbie Roth’s Forgiving Fridays since I need to learn to forgive myself for missing almost all of it.

Photos: “Evening Panorama”, above, and “Sun in Autumn”, below. I didn’t miss these.

Sun in Autumn

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

55 thoughts on “What I Miss Along the Way”

  1. I love it when I ride somewhere familiar, and suddenly I notice a new building, or a burned out one, or a new off ramp, or trees cut down. We really use tunnel vision to ease the tedium of a daily commute.

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  2. Your poem is wonderful Frank. It is so easy to just get in the zone and not look round. I used to be like that when I was out running. For the last 3 months Ive made a point of keeping my eyes open and take at least 5 photos on my iPhone every week. I post them on my site every Saturday.

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  3. should never judge a serious walker in my opinion, they are seeing that which we cannot imagine is important not just for the eye but for all the senses. i like that you walk to somewhere just as a destination. the journey being more important

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  4. What beautiful reflections and poem, Frank! I love your willingness to forgive. My spiritual mentor John-Roger says that the willingness to do gives the ability to do. You have such a good reminder here to not take anything for granted – to really appreciate the small, simple things around us that are so great. Thank you for this contribution to #ForgivingFridays! I’ll post this tomorrow.

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