Tuesday Tunes – Poetry Through Music, #39, 2016

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[Inspired by Aurora’s “Runaway”:]

Forward now, don’t look

back; keep heading to horizon –

greener pastures yonder, no

darkness… And yet –

mind recalls now, tales told

by wise old ladies, young savants too,

of inescapable shadows of past, of then,

being ever reborn to haunt

humans, existence; trauma

inherited and born afresh.  Again, again

to torment…  There? No,

shake it off.  No panic black here,

step by step step forth

to hope; hope, yes, just over

the crest of the hill (So far…

Shush now; keep on, don’t

give up).  No ands, ifs, or buts,

wipe thoughts away

like tears: both useless now.

What’s left

fits into a sack upon

your bruised and aching back.

Keep trudging onward,

go the distance, my love,

keep on toward

our new home.

[Copyright © N R Nolan 2016]