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#SoCS Nov. 12/16 – Memory Tricks #poetry

November 12, 2016

for Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt: ‘mem’

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Memory Tricks

Should I know you?
you say I do, but
if you are tucked away
in this mind map
I may never find
traces of you, of us
Shameful admittance:
if you didn’t commit
a memory trick
chances are
you are stuck in mire
somewhere in the swamp
or buried
in a graveyard
Don’t feel despondent
few remain in the castle
and those who do
left an impression
not the happy-go-lucky
I’m-your-best-bestie
more like they crushed me
broke every bone
and left me for dead
My memory doesn’t function
on joy and unicorns
it prefers the tragic
those moments of pain
wounds bitterly deep
exposed and putrid
So when I say, no
I’ve no memory of you
rejoice
you never ruined me
battered or bruised me
you don’t sit on the throne
of the self-crowned abusers
who meet me at the castle door
each time I stumble
inside my mind map
you aren’t the constant reminder
of suffering
I won’t have to avoid you
hide within the maze
beg you for absolution

Sit with me, share a memory
wash away the tricksters of yesterday

©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

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