Posts Tagged ‘memory’

This thing brings back memories,
A reliquary for a piece of my soul,
I grasp it close to my chest,
And take a jaunt down a familiar lane,
Both greet me as warm friends,
Happier times in golden years,

I need not describe this object,
For it is different for each of us,
A parental heirloom or gift from a personage departed,
But regardless of its somatic form,
The pure magic of sentimentality is at its core,
An ember of the past,

And it is true the past can be a scar,
Maybe even still riddled with maggots,
A twinge in the gut,
But this object can be as a lense,
Seeing past the memorial blockade that plagues you,
And perceiving the happy images of your life.

I sit reclined upon this scathing sand,
With the resort of the present behind me,
Belly laughs and dances and skipping,
And the broiling sea of the past before me,
Do-overs and regrets and flashbacks,

I spy herds of elephants migrating along the horizon,
A parade of weighty emotions,
Carrying memories myriad of years past,
Mirages of yesteryear images against the sunset,
Fizzing above the waves,

The herd continues unabated,
Each heavy footfall was pachyderm remembrance,
A weighty vision of events past,
My brain sits astride them gazing back at me,
Quizzically inquiring why I look upon their assemblage of years gone,

Why look back?
Why hark to the trumpeting?
Forget the elephants and pain,
They do not walk in your future.

Perched on this chair of exhaustion,
Dreaming of life in past tense,
A slideshow of things that may or may not have occured,
Mental history books,
Tattered at the edges,
Disjointed and incomplete,

Life was easier,
Life was simpler,
Life was blessed with light,
Life was full of toys and friends,
Life was replete with comfort,
Life was full of impetus,

But it was a lie,
A farce,
A false sense of security,
An unwanted trial version,
Life was better,
All past tense,

I lean back,
Taking another swig of poison,
Purging the memories,
Stopping the slideshow,
The poison sears my throat,
Bringing me back to damned reality,

Life was better once,
It was,
But I no longer remember.