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Would you judge me harshly
if I told you plain
of the splendor of a summer's night
that turned my head,
bent my mind,
made me something other:
maybe unforgivable
and unable
to speak free.

I would not take that chance 
and risk your censure.

So now I reap the harvest
that I've sown,
and though your gaze does tempt me,
I will stay here on my riverbank
gathering roses while I may.

Oh, let the breeze caress my skin
and whisper stories in my ear!
I'll make of memory
a secular sacrifice
(burned and scattered on the winds)
or maybe stuffed into a chest
of ancient recollection.
Locked up safe 
from you
(and me)
until my dreams' death rattle warns
that amnesia now holds sway.

 This was written for The Sunday Whirl.


Ornery Owl of Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost said...

Sometimes the amnesia takes a long time to take hold. Then sometimes something triggers the memory, and one is left with a bittersweet feeling.
Beautifully written.

November 30, 2014 at 1:54 AM
Old Egg said...

Witnessing the effect and confusion of amnesia on a loved one is so saddening. My own mother took that long, slow trip away from us; frightened, angry and upset until she was completely out of reach and we were strangers.

November 30, 2014 at 4:06 AM
Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

Absolutely exquisite and evocative tale

November 30, 2014 at 5:02 AM
Anonymous said...

lovely poem. Randy

November 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM
keithsramblings said...

Oh, I've forgotten what I was going to say! Seriously though, a lovely poem about a difficult subject.

November 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Misky said...

Great fun to read. Thanks!

December 1, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Alice Audrey said...

That works well when there's someone else on your side of the river. Flowers make sad company.

December 1, 2014 at 10:18 PM

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