Past – Present – Future 2018-26

I wrote this when my future was in doubt, my past was full of crap, and the present life was dwelling on both.  It is TOO easy to think that all will be good, all was bad and the now is just so so………..   But, think positive, because we are what and how we are and we CAN change for the better; always…….


Past-Present-Future   2018-26

The past is done

And the future’s begun

Dwell not on yesterday

As life goes on, regardless

Of events of the past.

Today is tomorrow’s history

As yesterday’s is today and

Tomorrow is yesterday’s

Future, as it is also today.

Think positive of the morrow

As the hopes of today are

Life rafts in a sea of despair

Nothing is so bad that can’t

Be changed in the future.

Den Betts



Tree of Life 2014-31

Tree of Life  2014-31

One of my first poems, so long ago. After I made a dccision on a life change with a new job, this is about when I wrote this poem. I was wondering what I was going to do with my life, overall. A goal, a plan for life, a determination to do something other than just go from day to day in an existence of living. Putting a simile to life in the form of a tree is probably not new, but with its roots entrenched in the ground, its branches going in all directions, the leaves reaching toward the sun, all play into a way of life perhaps.


I climbed the tree of life one day,

To see what I could see.

The view was wild and wonderful,

Depending on the branch I’d be.


I glanced toward the future,

Looked behind at my past.

I found that if I was going anywhere,

It had better be pretty fast.


I carved my initials in that tree,

And stated right then and there.

I’m going to do something with my life,

Regardless of the wear and tear.


And when that tree is old and grown,

I’ll climb it once again.

And hopefully, at that time in life,

I’ll consider it a friend.