What It Takes

Photo by Shane Colella



It took me to forget

The knives that I threw;

Those double-edged words

Which hurt me and you.

And yet, here I am

After all this time,

Telling myself the same story

One more time.


“You remain as you were,

Making no changes.

You innocent fool!

Thinking you can rectify

The mistakes of your past.

Thinking that it’s the thought

That counts.

Thinking that your words,

New sentences

Will balm the wounds

You inflicted.


But words are not idempotent.

What you said once

May fade over time.

And what you said once

May negate all the rest.

And what you said once

May take hold of the heart…


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