A blast from the past rustled the pages of memories;
Some flew loose from under tightly bound restraints
While others murmured their wistful complaints.
“Breathe in. breathe out. Repeat!” I admonished myself
What was gone could never ever be returned –
The innocence of an era long since burned.
The words try to stumble past my choked throat
No matter how hard I try to stifle them with pain.
Every time I push, they push back again and again.
Who are you to stir this hornet’s nest
And leave me behind when the stings appear?
While you do what you always do….disappear!