Amnesia This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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your past is sketched in pencil
or erasable pen -
lines of impermanence that you
sweep away in dustpans,
then plug your ears to avoid
listening to the beep of the garbage truck
the following morning.
it's gone
when the sun comes up,
and the rest of your history
is packed in black plastic
garbage bags
that smell funny when you cast them in the fire -
your memories dissolve to ash.
the matches, eighty to a box,
eat away your suffering, and
forgetting is your tranquilizer.
you tell me that you're happy now,
now that yesterday has perished.
names and faces decomposed in landfills
like mistakes.
and i can't help but think
that you should really try recycling.




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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TheShyOne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 13, 2012 at 2:44 am
This is great, the imagery and depth are stellar. Being somebody who has really bad memory, I definitely relate. 
 
Undefined_Creativity said...
Nov. 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm
I like this poem. I love your imagery. This poem has a uniqueness that I can't quite describe but I like it. Keep up the good work.
 
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