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poem of the month for june 2019

  

Tomorrow

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Time has a way of slipping by me unseen

I looked around and saw it was tomorrow

Not sure how I got here at all

But I do know one thing with certainty

It is my tomorrow, and I am not alone in it

My past becomes clearer with each passing day

Though the memories there-of become fainter

Moments which were not my finest

Are thankfully fading into the mist of time

Selective memory is an acquired talent

Acquired out of necessity it would seem

Departed loved ones become more saintly

Past offenders become even more despicable

Achievements, once ever so inconsequential

Rise above the savanna like Kilimanjaro

The future…however…stays wrapped in a mist

Nothing getting clearer

Nothing looking nearer

The forks in the path no easier to choose from

Fears of failure still dance in the shadows

Lessons unlearned from days already lived

Time still slipping by me unseen

As I look around and realize it is tomorrow again

Not at all sure how I came to be here

But knowing with increasing certainty

This is MY tomorrow…and I am not alone in it

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November 15, 2009 ~ I woke up this morning and realized time was no longer my enemy. It doesn’t matter if tomorrow arrives. It isn’t promised. I don’t fear death, not mine that is. I haven’t for a long time. Looking back, I see the moment death lost his grip on me. Looking forward, I see death standing in the shadows, waiting for me to arrive. He is smiling. He holds a place for two. Death is not to be feared, any more than the unknown of tomorrow. Both will get here in time no matter what I do. It’s good to not travel alone.

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Naomi: rated   it 5-STARS: on July 10, 2016: A book worth reading! His poetry makes you feel your emotions, his love for his wife and the pain he has experienced in life. You get  a glimpse into his nature from bits and pieces he shares of his life.   It made me want more of his story.

     Bobbi O: rated it 5-STARS: on July 7,   2016: I received this book as a gift from a friend of the author. It is   the only book I own. I was never much of a reader growing up and never bought   a book in my 50 plus years. When I read his poetry, I find myself blocking out the world around me. It's   something I never expected. I have laughed and I have cried. It takes me away, making me feel emotions I've never felt before. I read one or two almost every  night before going to sleep. I recommend Robert Ullrich’s book to anyone who  likes poetry, and especially those who think they don't. People who are like  I was, me before I started reading it.

Mary Kathryn O: rated   it 5-STARS: on August 31, 2016: It's wonderful to have it in a   collection. Every time I re-read   one of the poems or musings in his book, I gain a new perspective or insight   into myself, the writer...or even life itself. I've been a fan of Robert   Ullrich for years. I feared the loss of his work. Now I have it in my hands.   I know new readers will enjoy and gain much, as I have from his works. A   little tip -read the same one at various times. Like with a cup of coffee over   breakfast, and again on a rainy afternoon.

M. Grimsrud: rated   it 5-STARS: on September 5, 2016 We have this book on our coffee   table. I pick it up often for   either a little pick-me-up, up maybe to get closer to the author. His words   will sometimes make me cry, and then the next will make me chuckle. It is a great   read. I use it for meditation, and it often gives me insight on other things.   Thanks Robert.

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Alan: rated it 5-STARS: on Sep 14, 2016: I won this book in a recent Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I very rarely read poetry, as it usually doesn't hold my interest. This book is one of a very few that I have enjoyed and kept my interest until the end. I shall be keeping this book on my shelf to read again sometime. Recommended.

April: rated it 5-STARS: on Dec. 12, 2016: A wonderful collection of poems that held my interest. I would really recommend.

Marilyn Stanley rated it 4-STARS: on Nov. 10, 2016 

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5-Stars: Naoni reviewed "Life and Death in a Single Breath; July 10, 2016

A book worth reading!

The poetry in this book can really make you feel, the emotions portrayed really comes out. You can feel his love for his wife and the pain he has experienced in life. In the book you will read bits and pieces of the author's life so you get a glimpse into who he is that makes you want more of his story. 

Bobbi O. reviewed Life and Death in a Single Breath; July 7, 2016

Some of them I read over and over, getting something different each time, which is really amazing to me.

I received this book as a gift from a friend of the author. It is the only book I own. I was never much of a reader growing up and have never bought a book in my 50 plus years, let alone read one all the way through. When I am reading his poetry I find myself blocking out the world around me. It's something I never expected. I have laughed and cried while reading them. I can't really explain the effect it has on me, other than to say that it takes me away and I feel things I haven't felt before. I keep it on my nightstand and read one or two almost every night before going to sleep. I recommend this book to anyone that likes poetry, and even to those who think they don't, like me before I started reading it. 

Alan rated "Life and Death in a Single Breath" at 5-stars on Goodreads; Sept, 24, 2016

I won this book in a recent Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I very rarely read poetry, as it usually doesn't hold my interest. This book is one of a very few that I have enjoyed and kept my interest until the end. I shall be keeping this book on my shelf to read again sometime. Recommended. 

April rated "Life and Death in a Single Breath" at 5-stars on Goodreads; Dec 12, 2016

It was amazing!

A wonderful collection of poems that held my interest. I would really recommend.

Marilyn Stanley rated "Life and Death in a Single Breath" at 4-stars on Goodreads. Nov 10, 2016