Mourning Memories

Why are you so angry
You know you are doing alright
You know you are not crazy
So why are you looking for a fight

It is not our fault
You are like you are
What will it take to halt
The fear you have built so far

I know that you are not afraid
Or living in constant fear
What is it you want to parade
Or the thing you want to bring near

You can’t go back and change
All the things that have been
You can’t even rearrange
Anything that you have seen

Is that what you want
To be able to recall it all
All the way back to the font
It will not protect you from the fall

It doesn’t matter you can’t remember
The things you want to forget
Memory is only the remainder
Of the moments you can not regret

Would it have helped to have been shown
What you think is the past
All the things you should have known
From the first to the last

Would you be able to recognise
All the people you have met
Or be able to apologise
To the imaginary children you can’t forget

How can we tell you what to remember
When we don’t know what you can not recall
It sounds like you want to surrender
And go on and just leave it all

It doesn’t matter how often I am told
That they can not tell me what I have lost
Everyone once young now old
That is what time will always cost

I sometimes thank that I have scars
To remind me of things gone wrong
I know I am wishing on stars
That it will come back to me like a song

So I have to remember to forget
My children that I never knew
Knowing that I can not ever regret
That I will never know if it is true

13th August 2008 copyright Gregory John O’Flaherty

Mourning Memories

Gregory John O'Flaherty

Maryborough, Australia

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More about my confused memories, people I think I have met, and children I am told don’t exist

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