One Day at a Time

This will be my last post for this year, as 2011 comes to a close, and we move into 2012. I look forward to the coming year with much hope and faith, but I readily admit there is uncertainty, as well. I know we’ll be okay, but I know, too, we must do our part and do our best, one day at a time. Happy New Year everyone!

One Day at a Time


As we walked this morning; the old dog and me

     we traversed our familiar path in dense fog

The nearby trees and shrubs lining the sidewalk

          were clear and vivid; the ones right next to us

But the further down the path I looked

      the less clear they were, and at a point undetermined

             they vanished into the gray mist

It came into my mind then that this was a fitting thing

          for this the last day of the year two-thousand-eleven

For the only clear and certain thing is what is… today

   Tomorrow, and the tomorrows of further days

          hold shrouded mysteries we cannot foretell

              with any solid degree of accuracy

Followed by the complete unknown

A realization came to me then, and I stopped

The dog not happy with this, looked up at me with

      aged, nearly unseeing, eyes; then contentedly sniffed the grass

I turned and looked behind us; and found it to be the same

      as what is before us; clear… then dimmer… then gray

The past, I realized, will slowly fade to gone

      and the future will become clear as we move into it

One day at a time

Copyright © 2011 C.Mashburn

Also posting on New Years Day 2012 to Gooseberry Garden’s Poetry Picnic #20


  1. Charles, this is beautiful, what a wonderful illustration of what I try so desperately to live by! I wish you a fabulous New Year!!

  2. Sherry Mashburn said

    And this is why we must make each “today” our best; not filled with sorrow over yesterday or worry over tomorrow.

  3. terri0729 said

    Awesome one, Charlie!! Too true. What a wonderful poem to close out the year. I really enjoyed it a lot 🙂 Be safe, Terri

    • Thank you, Terri. No worries about being safe here. We be stayin at the house and sawin logs afore the bell starts ringin!
      Happy ALL Year!

  4. Ken said

    Nuther good one Bro! Kinda scares me though that I’m starting to understand you. Tryin to figure out if I’m gettin wiser with age or just havin flashbacks from all those drugs I did as a yute. Anyhow, A Happy and Blessed New Year to you and Sherry! Cheers Ken

    • Maybe it’s just me being witty, but I can rule out the first choice with half my brain tied behind my back and my eyes closed. How long does it take for this stuff to kick in? Which reminds me; I was wondering the other day if you’re still in touch with Ski. I was wondering that because I’ve posted my story about stealing firewood four or five times and you ain’t remarked on it. Fact is, I think it’s all that fresh air you get flying above the beach on that kite thingy; probably healing your brain. Keep it up, you’ll be smart as me in another ooohhhh… Nah, that ain’t gonna happen.
      Happy ALL Year to you, Jackie, Conner, & Taryn. (I probly spelled all those names wrong, huh?) Typos… I’m callin typos!

  5. voiceoftruelove said

    I liked the descriptions in this…found real talk in it; also liked the pace and the bit of witty-ness when the dog stopped : )

  6. I was thinking along the same lines when I posted my thoughts…yours are so much more clear and precise…thank you for sharing them.

    May 2012 be your best year ever.

    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  7. Excellent message, one day at a time!

  8. zongrik said

    so many things to think about when we walk our dogs

    in the plum colored barn

  9. thingy said

    A wonderful piece. Goodbye, 2011.

    Happy New Year, Charles. : )

  10. Andy said

    Hello Charles. Happy New Year!
    I am one who does not make New Year’s resolutions. I am grateful for another year of life & good health. Anything else on top of that is an added bonus. My 2011 has also had its share of trials & tribulations, but I have taken them in stride. There were times I faltered, took different directions, but I was never completely down nor was I lost. My motto has always been not to worry about the past…we can’t change what has already passed & we can’t fret over tomorrow if we don’t know what it will bring. Live for today as if it is your last & embrace life, because it can be cut short in an instant. My wife says this is why I’m always a happy man…she’s right of course!

    Wise reflection in this one.
    Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for your visits throughout this past year. I’ve come to relish your comments (smile).

    Wishing you & your family a wonderful year. May it be filled with lots of happiness, laughter & of course an abundance of love!

    A Poet’s Immortal Thoughts

    • I’m with you, Andy. Today is all that matters!
      Thank you for all the great visits and comments!

  11. Oh, this is lovely. It is indeed best to leave the past and walk on ahead into what will be, hoping that we’ve learned our lesson and continue onward without repeating too many of the same mistakes.
    A lovely write Charles.
    Happy new year to you and your wife.

    • Thank you for the nice comment, Daydreamer!
      Happy New Year to you nad yours, too!

  12. in the present is ETERNITY, words of Paulo Coelho and this goes so well with it 🙂
    I will get a dog once my kids leave home, sounds fun 🙂
    happy gooseberry day!

  13. Tally said

    I could see the sidewalk and the fog spreading out in all directions, beautifully done, I really like this poem, this is an excellent reminder to live in the present. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  14. Lee said

    Yes, one day at a time. Happy New Year! May the fog soon clear 🙂

  15. There is faith, hope, and love in your poem. It’s beautiful. Thank you.

  16. Well written.. very apt for a new beginning.
    Happy New year to you!

    To my Muse

  17. Cheri said

    that was a great poem for the ending and the beginning of a calendar year!! hope to see ya’ll at the end of the month!

  18. ~L said

    you are full of talent my friend!!! 🙂

  19. Raivenne said

    You Charles, are a wordsmith. Looking forward to more of your penning beginning, ending and throughout the year.

    • Thank you for the wonderful comment, Raivenne! Another made-my-day button for you!

  20. Shawn Bird said

    A good metaphor, Charles, this thought of the clarity of the path being only visible where we are. It bears some pondering! I’m thinking about time these days, and I can see that coming into a novel somehow. Hmm. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. It’s always nice to know who visits. 🙂

    • Oh, yes, Shawn. Time; the now, the then, the future; always good food for a novel. I’m reading King’s new one now, about traveling into the past. Fascinating story! I can see a time-travel novel about a person going back and forth between the future and past, always changing things in the past, but never satisfied with how it works out in the future, the end result being they never live in the present, where all the good stuff is. say… now I’m saying, Hmmm.
      Yes it is nice to know who visits, and getting great comments like yours is very nice, too! Thank you!

  21. marousia said

    Excellent – great poem about the new year with a clear present and foggy past and future

  22. tigerbrite said

    A peaceful and reflective piece. Flowed really well and I thouroughly enjoyed it.

  23. Kay Salady said

    Extremely profound write, dear Charles. Yes, “we look into a glass dimly and then see face-to-face” as in all things. Blessed New Year.

  24. Wow, superb as usual! 🙂

    Very clever use of imagery. I can see the dog sniffing the grass … 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!


  25. Great poem. Happy New Year!

  26. those last lines are so apt “The past, I realized, will slowly fade to gone
    and the future will become clear as we move into it
    One day at a time” – nice lines for a new year!

  27. Natalie said

    your words are full of wisdom.
    vivid imagery, keep shining.

  28. Baishali said

    what a perfect illustration … everything said is so apt! ….. wish you a peaceful new year.

  29. tekia said

    Very well done and very much true. It will all become clear “one day at a time”. Great imagery and tone here. I enjoyed the read!

    • Thank you, Tekia! I’m glad you liked it, and I appreciate the visit and comment!

  30. Taylor said

    vivid imagery,

    great talent.

  31. “The past, I realized, will slowly fade to gone and the future will become clear as we move into it. One day at a time”

    Very on point. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  32. marit said

    this offers such a great and simple solution to fears of the future — just take it one day at a time. thanks!

  33. Katherine said

    “The past, I realized, will slowly fade to gone

    and the future will become clear as we move into it

    One day at a time”

    I couldn’t agree more. Each year is a chance to move forward, armed with the things we learned from the past. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • I’m glad you agree, and I’m glad you enjoyed my poem.
      A happy and blessed New Year to you, as well!
      Thank you for the visit and wonderful comment!

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