Past

Please don’t come to haunt us, Past
for we can’t look in your mirror
neither alone nor together
without losing our minds.
Please don’t taunt us with your evidence
or we’ll fall into your sad arms
and lie with you forever.
Let us have our hope,
let us have aspirations for the future,
even though it too will become the past
and we will fear it as we fear you now
or we will long bitterly for your better times.
Do not try to be so tangible,
you fuse with present and future,
in the end you are no more solid
than what is yet to come.

First published on The Blue Hour:

http://thebluehourmagazine.com/2013/01/27/3-poems-by-jean-byrne/

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