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Epiphanies Regarding Elephants

Epiphanies Regarding Elephants

A Poem by Jesse Lancaster

I don't think domino masks make you any more mysterious, but you tried. The former sentence is irrelevant to this poem.

Six years
seems like nothing.

I remember your face
from before, absent of 
the resentment, years of hate
that've scarred you, displaced
from the dreams I know you had,
before you lost hope in yourself,
in my Dad.

It hurts
to think about the time I wasted,
childish, petty, boys being boys,
so typical of me, "genius",
self-proposed hero of the story,
I wrote you off, destroyed every childhood
dream, left only ghosts to tower over me,
agreed with everything spoken 
in hurt behind closed doors
like it was something deserved, 
while you took every hit, brushed them off
acting like they missed, when there was nothing 
you needed more than someone to just shut the f**k up,
it's always been more complicated than it seemed.

Each year worse than the last, resentment stacking
against the man who once made you smile
I defended repeatedly, as if he never did a thing, 
and it took me over 16 years and a year-long coma to see
that you've been hurt for far longer,
far before the pain that made me.
But those years don't seem to matter much
when you call just to talk, keep in touch, 
or tell me how your apartment feels claustrophobic
and your only saviors, small.

No, when I look at us now,
the past doesn't seem to matter at all.

© 2012 Jesse Lancaster

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Added on December 18, 2012
Last Updated on December 20, 2012
Tags: I just found out that's what tho, weird, because you can't play, games with them


Jesse Lancaster
Jesse Lancaster

Manchester, CT

I'm Jesse Lancaster. No I'm not. I am: 19 And now: @ Uni for my sophomore year. My writing draws heavy influences from the music I listen to, other writers (such as Chuck Palahniuk, John Green a.. more..