National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 22: Maybe that’s why letting go has become easier

My Day 22 poem is my response to the prompt, which is to ‘write a poem that invokes a specific object as a symbol of a particular time, era, or place.’

I’m not in the habit of keeping keepsakes
the way I used to do

Sometimes remnants of the past
have to be discarded
in order to leave the past behind

I haven’t left a clean slate—
memories and the occasional regret
send me down rabbit holes
when dates align and I begin to wonder
about what might have been

But I never get that far, not really—
choices were made
and their consequences followed

The might-have-beens are a subject
for poems and late-night soundtracks
and a certain melancholy that comes
with mid-summer rains

Without artefacts, they cannot survive
despite my best efforts

(22 April 2021)



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1 Comment

  1. That is very good. I often write about hind sight bias. Thinking the whole should have, would have, could have. There is something to say about letting the past go.

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