She Remembered

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

 

She remembered.
In that moment
she remembered.
All that a part of her brain had urged her to forget
she remembered.
Pieces, at first.
Fragments.
A narrative no one should recall
returned.
A gasp.
A tear without a home.
Sitting.
Staring.
Reaching for the present where the past didn’t reside
unless she let it.
To help heal that long ago child’s hurt
she smiled,
and within the smile
she remembered.
She remembered the possibilities,
the opportunities,
and self-compassion.
She remembered that dwelling in the past corrupts the present
and erases the future.
She remembered gratitude.
She remembered
to live.

©August 2017, Christina Anne Hawthorne

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