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Return to Self – Poem

How can you forget yourself?

In the pages of forgotten poems

My true self was hiding.

Shuttered behind the must dos and supposed tos

Abandoned for the path of adulthood.

No place for childish romanticism

In a manufactured future.

A poet in the well,

A voice faltered.

Moving forwards I forgot myself.

Left me sitting in the sunlight and warm wind

Keys beneath my fingers,

Worlds in my mind.

Took myself to concrete and steel,

Amnesia born of success and forward motion.

Silenced the music and the words

Until they faded to fragments.

Decades lost.

A saved folder, stored without intent,

Opened casually,

Returned my soul.

© Donna Sherriff 2021

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