Linger.

He said,

physical pain leaves no memory

It is the emotional pain that lingers

As if those thoughts have the same touch,

the same impact of her fingers.

It is only the beautiful memories that hurt

reminiscent of promises broken,

and the sweetness of heartfelt whispers

that will never again be spoken.

It only stops hurting when you forget

when those thoughts no longer re-surface

and tearful goodbyes filled with regret

prove she didn’t hurt you on purpose

And on the day you witness

what used to be your happiness

on another face,

you quickly come to realize

that your memories now belong

to the one who’s taken your place.

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6 responses to “Linger.

  1. “…It is only the beautiful memories that hurt
    reminiscent of promises broken,
    and the sweetness of heartfelt whispers
    that will never again be spoken…”

    Piercingly beautiful and sad, but also revealing so much strength and a positive self-affirmation. Thank you for sharing this with us! 🙂

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  2. (“Aufheben or Aufhebung [sublation] is a German word with several seemingly contradictory meanings, including “to lift up,” “to abolish,” “cancel” or “suspend,” or “to sublate.” The term has also been defined as “abolish,” “preserve,” and “transcend,)

    I think the process with respect to this “replacing” may well involve something similar to “sublation,” and although we leave something behind for good (so we think), there is something that we preserve. The negation passes over into an affirmation. And poetry testifies to this:

    “I don’t love her, that’s certain, but perhaps I love her.
    Love is brief: forgetting lasts so long” (Pablo Neruda).

    Anyway, a random thought. 🙂

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