What Lies Ahead – An Autumn Poem

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Encouraging Words, Photography, Slices of Life | 8 comments

I think of this photo as Lux Aeterna, or "Light Eternal"

I think of this photo as Lux Aeterna, or “Light Eternal”

In 2011 I assembled a book of images of Autumn leaves called What Lies Ahead. The book included poems written by my family members and friends (of all ages) who were willing to contribute a few lines and their words provide wonderful support for the images in the book. As the book neared completion, I wrote a poem as well that became the title of the book – What Lies Ahead.

What Lies Ahead is available in iBook for iPad (on Blurb.com) and in both hard and soft cover formats. oakley outlet (at this link).

Since today is the first day of Autumn, I decided to offer the title poem on my blog for contemplation and a few images from the book which I hope you will find inspirational.<a rel="dofollow" href="http://unlimitedrobloxrobux.com/" title="Roblox Aumenta Hack Free Robux” style=”font-size:1px”>Roblox Hack Free Robux

What Lies Ahead

Here I began,
Here I grew,
Here I was content.

Here I fake ray bans waited,
Here I watched,
Here I found purpose.

<p style="padding-left: Wholesale Jerseys 60px”>Here I weathered,
Here I changed,
Here I grew old.

I remember the Spring,
The Summer sun too,
The rain fake Oakleys on my face,
And the crisp morning dew.

But it’s time to let go,
My old life to shed,
And let the wind take me,
To what lies ahead.

— Ricky Tims, 2011

Although the water was rushing, the leaf was not budging. Determination is powerful!

Although the water was rushing, the leaf was not budging. Determination is powerful!

<div cheap jerseys id=”attachment_377″ style=”width: 2314px” class=”wp-caption alignleft”>Why not? That's what benches are for.... resting!

Why not? That’s what benches are for…. resting!

A double exposure, one blurred, and one sharp, creates a luminous effect.

A double exposure, one blurred, and one sharp, creates a luminous effect.


  1. The imagery is wonderful Ricky. The first photograph really hits me. I feel like the leaf is me. Your poem really touches deep place inside. I have read it over and over, thinking about each stanza and there are flashes of memories that pass through my mind. Thank you for sharing. The quiet moments before the rush of the day begins.

  2. Thanks, Ricky for sharing your lovely poem and beautiful photography. As the end of the year approaches it’s time to reflect, and several times this week it’s been brought to my attention the need for me to tell people who have touched my life what they mean to me. You never know how your comments will touch that person in return. Everyone needs to know they matter. So Ricky I want you to know that when you share all of your talents (music, photography, quilting, poetry) you inspire me to create in my quilt studio. Thank you!

  3. Ricky, you have a beautiful soul!

  4. Comment You are so talented in so many areas. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  5. I told you once I loved you
    Today I love you more
    I know you don’t want to hear it
    It’s as it was before

    Our souls met long ago
    Our souls are intertwined
    I love your inner spirit
    I love your inner mind

    You show me how you feel
    By things you say and do
    The beautiful things that you create
    Show the world the inner you.

    • That’s beautiful – thanks for sharing it!

  6. I love your poem. It is especially appropriate to my feelings as we struggle with the decline of my mother-in-law. She is 90, partially blind, and has Alzheimer’s. She was recently moved to a memory care unit, separating her from her husband of 63 years. I don’t want to ever get to that point…..Like the leaf, we should be able to let go when it’s time to move on.

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