Human Again

Human Again

A Poem by Philip Hartshorn


Had it really been that long since I smiled?
It's harder than you might think,
slowly erasing any feeling that was real,
just so you can keep on living.
And I can tell you, it's difficult to take five years,
and strangle it into submission.
There are a few things to remember:
Don't think about anything in particular,
Don't let her face into your head,
and lastly, don't smile, because it just doesn't seem right 
She must have heard it from far away:
the echoes of my passion receding into this cage
that I've created for myself, the only problem is,
I've thrown the key away.
When we could finally see each other again I 
couldn't release it, and this sick menagerie
just looked on at her tears, emotion wasn't going
to give me a break this time. If only it was going
to be all right, so I could 
comfort her.
But then, before we have to start it all over again, 
before we go our separate ways to different schools
for the second time, in the debris of our past, as we
reach out to each other in the dark, something happens.
What is this feeling?
I don't believe it.
Just to make sure, I swipe my finger across my cheek;
a single tear.

© 2009 Philip Hartshorn

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Added on January 28, 2009


Philip Hartshorn
Philip Hartshorn

zanarkand, NY

I enjoy a variety of cheese. Jack and smoked swiss, gouda and provalone, and even gorgonzola. Ami du Chambertin and Anneau du Vic-Bilh are also delicious as well as Braudostur, but it's Epoisses de Bo.. more..