Showing posts with label Survivor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Survivor. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Somehow I'd Forgotten All My Memories


Somehow, I’d forgotten

all my memories,

or was pretending to


like a zombie

milling about

in search

of sustenance.


So, after the funeral,

I ran.


After all the history sharing,

and others’ merry making,

I ran.


I tried to be nonchalant,

missing a few steps

on the way

down the stairs

and out the door.


It was this weird, clean

break inside me.


And how could I say it—

it was one I was happy for.


Since all my memories

weren’t roses and candy,

since more than a person had died

and my own heart

was still being stitched up

in fresh bandages,


I just wanted solace,

to turn up the stereo

in my car,

to drive through the mountains,

clouds breaking—


tossing my rings

out the window


to the Me Too

I left behind.



© 2024 Jennifer Wagner


For Shay’s Word Garden Word List—Save Yourself


NPM Day 17

Monday, June 20, 2016

A Survivor's Credo

(and nature’s echo)

In spite of adversity, I will be
lavishly happy.

I won’t
bear the shame not mine.

I will not
punish myself
for the ugliness of another.

And, I will see
the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.

sunshine on wildflowers,
creek beds rippling coolly—
a doe bends, sips
she sighs heavily, light
with the headiness
of goodness after rain

© 2016 Jennifer Wagner