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  • April 21st, 2011 | 11:53 PM
Poem a Day #21

I can't remember where I read this but I've come across versions of it a couple of times in recent reading....the idea that memories we access more often are more likely to be corrupted than memories that are more pristine. (writerjenn , was it you that posted something about it?) As I continue to mine my past for a couple of current WIPs I have begun to wonder how corrupted some of my own memories may have become.

Poem a Day #21

I've been so sure of my  memories
until now
now when yesterday's hurt
runs into today's doubt
I wade into a sea of what-ifs

what if it didn't really happen
or not the way I've always told myself

what if the embrodiered edges of my memories
make it the same
but different
worse than reality
less than ideal

what if I have to let go of my righteous anger
and let the past collapse into the dust that birthed it

what if who I thought I was
is someone different
from who I am trying
to become?

© 2011 Susan Taylor Brown.  All rights reserved.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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April 22nd, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
Susan, this a very good poem bringing to light an emotion I believe many of us have - doubt of we were, who we are today, and who or what will we be in the future.
April 25th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
Re: Memories
Thank you, Mary.
April 22nd, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
This made me think, "What if age has something to do with perception? What if the hurts that are felt as a child are sometimes perceived slights -- slights that really weren't meant to be slights at all?" (I hope that makes sense.) The ability to draw from the feelings that surround those types of memories is a strength for children's writers, I think.
April 25th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
It makes sense to me.

It's really a fascinating subject to me, to think that the more I pull the memories up, the idea that I could be altering the memory. Sort of like wearing a favorite shirt over and over again and the edges get frayed.

April 22nd, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hi Susan
I wandered to see if I could find out what you've been up to lately, as it has been a long time since we have been in contact, too long really.
I liked your poem. As with so many of your writings, I can find some aspect that relates to me. Perhaps that is because you and I have so many little quirks that are similar.
If you get a chance drop me line and let me know what else, besides writing poety, you have been up to. Still going to art class???
April 22nd, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
that last comment was from me, Becky
In my haste i forgot to tell you who I was!
April 25th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
Re: that last comment was from me, Becky
Hey Becky! Thanks for popping over here. I'll drop you an email. Life is good. Haven't made it to the studio much but I see Lori a lot at our weekly goals group.
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April 25th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
Oh I think you might be right about April Henry. I know it was very recently.

I agree, the idea of memories is fascinating. It isn't a photograph/snapshot of time, it's a nebulous feeling that shrinks and grows.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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