Aflame | Teen Ink


July 18, 2018
By cherylwang2 BRONZE, Saratoga, California
cherylwang2 BRONZE, Saratoga, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm Nobody! Who are you?"

you say you forget little from love.

i know too much. the passion of proximity, the senselessness of sensibility. i dive into the sea of unseeing and lose myself in lethargy.

yet i abandon my memories.
my hands are wet from the river of forgetfulness
where the old woman meng po bid me drink
when i fell into hell,
for you, you who set me aflame and left me burning, i
to who’ve you seen out of apathy.
none wonder about fire.

forward, i
walk on this ashy road, my
lonely back, the icy abyss.
i know too much. my passion, my senselessness, my lethargy. i reach forward for greater heights knowing there is glory in failure. the sun is a sensate pulse
or could fall short.

think this of creation; fire
is neither terrible
or terrific.

The author's comments:

The old woman Meng Po serves tea made from the River of Forgetfulness to the newly dead, so that they can continue on to their cycle of reincarnation. I hope, for your sake, that I can move on as well.

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