Forgetting You

Forgetting someone is slow

Like dirt being washed off you 

As you bath in a river and

It all flows downstream


You forget their voice

And the way their mouth moves as they speak

You forget the way they walk

And how fast they could run while you tried to keep up


You forget the music they like

And how beautifully they could sing

You forget the way they smile

And how great a feeling it was to make them laugh


You forget the way they held you

And how it felt to hold their hand

You forget what it was like to have someone

Who could do anything for you 


You forget what it was like to love

And to be loved

You forget them slowly

Until you're all clean


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John Marks

Mon 6th Mar 2023 20:00

But sometimes a person, relationship or loving circumstance is impossible to forget, for good or ill; unless, maybe, it is a mutual forgetting.

“Well, now
If little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you
Little by little
If suddenly you forget me
Do not look for me
For I shall already have forgotten you."

― Pablo Neruda,

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Fri 3rd Feb 2023 18:11

Thanks Stephen, Hélène, and Graham! I am aware that the dirt analogy is a bit sideways to compare to forgetting someone. However, I was thinking of a particular person in my life whom I loved dearly, but it made me a better person by losing them. If that makes any sense?

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 3rd Feb 2023 16:22

A fascinating, slightly sideways look at letting go.

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Fri 3rd Feb 2023 14:59

Beautiful expression of letting go. Like Graham, love the bathing/cleansing imagery.

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 3rd Feb 2023 14:23

I really liked this poem and the description of gradually 'cleansing' oneself after loss is indeed very profound, albeit the 'dirt' analogy I feel is at odds with the real sentiments in the piece. Good work!

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