Embracing My Future


The secure embrace holds me in place
Keep me steady, slows my pace
Helps me see the light at the end of a dark tunnel
The storms have finally ceased, no longer a deep funnel

I’ve already confronted my past, I’ve moved forward to the present
This gift, that’s filled with a life that is pleasant
Most wouldn’t agree because of where I still sit
But I survived through the chaos so I wouldn’t forget

The reminder of a terrifying time,
Filled with worry, guilt and shame
Has turned into a humbling experiences
That gave me a brand new name

My future will be here soon enough
My prayer is that it happens fast
I have so many things to look forward to
And this too, shall be a blast

The song in my daughter’s voice
The intellect of my son’s words
The stone on my mother’s grave
The admiration in my man’s eye
Speak more than words can say

This future, this unknown time
This wonder-filled, hope for that day
Has filled my heart with so much joy
Cause I know God has paved the way

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  1. Tara Libert on February 15, 2023 at 5:03 PM

    I love this poem

  2. Courtney Dadley on February 17, 2023 at 12:17 AM

    Hey JK,

    I absolutely love your positivity and I sincerely hope you get everything you prayed for! I’m really glad I read your poem, thank you for sharing. Confronting your past can be a terrifying thing but it is necessary for growth and that’s exactly what you did. I am currently working on that now and it’s hard but I want to get to start living in the present and think of a happy future. Thank you!


  3. TM on February 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM

    To JK- The future is one of the things that are never certain. Even if you try so hard for it to be a certain way nothing is guaranteed. However, you do have a future, no matter how short or long it is you have one, so it’s important to make the most out of what your future can be. Confronting your past can help you make way for a better future by knowing what things happened in your past that may not have been the best circumstances. Even if you’re in a bad place right now it doesn’t mean you’ll have a bad future, everyone deserves a good future no matter what. Time is a constant reminder of your future getting “closer” and that can be a terrifying thing, I know I constantly feel rushed to make decisions that will better my future even if I’m not ready yet. Everyone’s future is unknown but that might be the beauty of it. Beautiful poem!

  4. eleni on February 17, 2023 at 4:37 PM

    This is such a beautiful poem about accepting your past in order to embrace the future. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Each experience, whether it be a positive or negative one, gives us insight that we did not have prior and teaches us something new. Often times, we don’t realize it in the moment, but every single thing that has happened to us makes us who we are. It’s hard to look back on our past and see things we wish we had done differently and not beat ourselves up about it, but at the end of the day we are reminded that the only reason we can look back on something and realize we were wrong is because we made that mistake in the first place. When we make peace with our past, we can be excited and look forward to all the things the future has to offer us. The last stanza is my favorite! It just radiates hope and positive vibes. I hope the future brings you nothing but love and joy, JK!

  5. Bryan W. on February 18, 2023 at 8:36 AM

    This piece shows strong introspection. The verse about coming to terms with the past and finding beauty in each day hit me. It’s difficult to confront the past; being able to do so shows strength. Enjoyable read.

  6. Charlie on February 18, 2023 at 1:28 PM

    The sense of faith you have is really beautiful. I think a lot of people struggle with guilt and shame and they can’t move forward because they spend all their time looking backward. Like Orpheus and Eurydice, as a metaphor for grief: that’s all you spend your time doing, looking back on the person you lost/the things you did. This poem really gets across the faith you have in your path and the life you want to live. The only critique I might have is in your first section, where you say “The storms have finally ceased, no longer a deep funnel.” The use of the word ‘funnel’ threw me off. I get what you’re going for conceptually, like a downward spiral, but the word ‘funnel’ brings to mind funnel cakes, or like a kitchen funnel and not really something serious. Other than that, a great poem and I wish you luck on your path. (●’◡’●)

  7. Maggie on February 19, 2023 at 7:14 PM

    I really like how this poem starts off at a low point but eventually starts to speak about your highs and all the good that has and is happening. I like that you brought in your faith and thanked god for paving the way. The future is such an unknown, but the only real way to look at it is through a positive lens and I like that you are depicting that as well. Great poem!

  8. Dulce on February 19, 2023 at 11:27 PM

    Thank you for sharing your poem. Your strength to keep pushing is so inspiring. Things will get better especially with your positive aspect on life. Remember to never give up and always keep pushing because things will get better and new opportunities and experiences are out there waiting for you. Great job and keep it up!

  9. Barry in VA on February 22, 2023 at 7:53 PM

    JK This is a strong , confident and optimistic poem. You keep looking forward with God’s help. Your family descriptions are emotionally moving. Well done, keep writing and believing.

  10. Abby on February 26, 2023 at 10:18 AM

    I love how this poem portrays hope and optimism, while not discounting self reflection and self growth. I thought that the rhyme scheme was very impactful. I also thought that it was well organized where the first half of the poem focuses on your reflection on the past while the second half is future driven. This was an amazing poem to read!

  11. Ashley T on February 26, 2023 at 2:34 PM

    Hi JK,
    Your recognition and acceptance of your past is so admirable, and I think you expressed it very well. Our past is something that we can never change, and accepting that and using it as motivation is a key to building a better future. If there is one thing we get out of our negative past experiences, it’s a lesson learned. I liked that you said “My future will be here soon enough
    My prayer is that it happens fast
    I have so many things to look forward to
    And this too, shall be a blast” , as it really encompasses how important it is to do good for ourselves now, so that our future selves will thank us. There really can be so much to look forward to if we realize how much of a control we have on our lives, and working through our past is such an important part of our future. Your poem was very well written, and I wish you the best in your future and think you are setting yourself up to have great experiences ahead of you!

  12. Matthew Handley on February 26, 2023 at 8:45 PM

    Hello! I really resonate with and love your message that our turbulent pasts only make us stronger. A pot with a crack has a history and has weathered a battle. And for that, it become more beautiful than before. Your willingness to overcome and adapt and learn from the past is what makes you a truly strong individual. It seems that you have much to look forward to in your future, and I pray that what you are looking for comes to you. Wishing you all the best, and I love this story you weave. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  13. Justin on February 27, 2023 at 7:14 PM


    I love the optimism that you exude through your words. Its inspiring, especially considering your current circumstances. It’s easy for me to say… but don’t lose that optimism. You may be physically behind bars, but your mind is free.

  14. Codey Martioski on February 27, 2023 at 7:17 PM

    Such beautiful words and just overall astounding. That is amazing that you have accepted it as a part of you and have learned to move forward with that in mind and have allowed yourself to grow from the experience.

  15. Maria on February 28, 2023 at 8:53 PM

    Wow, this was really beautiful! You do such a great job capturing a vast array of emotions and embracing all of your experiences. The part about your children and mother was so touching. I felt hopeful reading your poem. Thank you for contributing this wonderful work.

  16. ML on March 1, 2023 at 11:53 AM

    I love how you start out on what is making you focus on your goal and making the references to the light at the end of the tunnel, I also really liked how you reflect on your past and mistakes and that is what I think we learn best from our mistakes, but don’t get stuck looking back too long or else you might repeat them. Hearing about your kids voices really brings the picture into my head for this poem is like and how you wanted to get across it to your readers.

  17. Peter Zhang on March 3, 2023 at 10:46 PM

    The title “Embracing the future” first gave me the impression that the majority of the portion will be talking about the excitness and potentials of the future. However, I was surprised that the author started the poem by describing the dark past and how it shaped us today. It is true that without the past, there would be no us now. I like how everyone can grow out of the previous shadows and anticipate a more interesting future.

  18. Oshane on March 7, 2023 at 1:38 AM

    Hi JK,

    Very positive and uplifting message. My favorite line is:
    “I’ve already confronted my past, I’ve moved forward to the present.” As it reminds me of the importance of learning to leave the past behind and embrace forgiveness, finding hope and joy in the future.

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring piece!

  19. Emilie on March 8, 2023 at 1:19 PM

    I love how beautifully blunt this poem is. There is a flow of sadness, acknowledgment, optimism, and hope. I agree with the end of this as I take religion seriously in my own personal life. God has definitely paved the way for you. Everyone has a plan, no matter what that may be. I also pray that you find the light at the end of the tunnel soon and achieve all you want in your future.

  20. KC on March 13, 2023 at 1:16 PM


    Thank you for sharing your poem! Our pasts can be painful, but pain shapes our character. I’m glad you see the progress you’ve made in your family. Keep writing!

  21. Caroline on March 15, 2023 at 4:07 PM

    I just got chills from this poem. As a God-fearing person, this is just wow. I have no words. The future can be so scary, the unknown and all of the uncertainty. But this, wow, you know that there is a better future ahead because God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers and that is you, my friend. We all go through hard times and rough patches in our life but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. There is always hope for what is on the other side of where you are right now. The point of life is to find something positive in each day and I believe that this poem is you finding something to look forward to at the end of each day and that is something I aspire to do. I am going to bring your amazing poem to all of my friends and make them realize how opportunistic they can be! I need to learn from you as well because this poem is something to live by. Thank you for giving me a new perspective today I really needed it. Keep up the amazing work my friends! 🙂

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