In All These Little Things

In All These Little Things

A Poem by Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
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The secrets we keep can hold life altering pain for others long after we are gone.

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In All These Little Things

(Mementos)

By

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
 

In a box hidden away from the world
Filled with tokens of desire and sorrow 

In remnants of past haunted affections
Within little things taken and borrowed 


Novelties poignant hoarded by heart
Foibles strewn in secretive reliquary

Reminders of the piece of us so hidden
In the depths of our souls that we bury


But what should come to light; affirm
Amongst the things we seek to conceal 

For purloin passions breed broken hearts
In unhappiness and angst that's revealed


Old love letters wrapped in red ribbon
Hidden from view of the past

Yet time has a way of revealing its truth
In the webs of the lies that we cast...

© 2022 Carlos Lorenzo Estrada


Author's Note

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
"Mommy issues!" my muse Cate asked me, while rocking my old body in her arms like a baby.
"Why, no. Why would you ask?" I said and than requested her to hand me my pacifier on the nightstand by my bed. Oedipus Rex...I hardly knew him? It is strange the lies and secrets kept hidden can profoundly effect generationally. Pain has the lasting effects to last beyond our lives and choices. Feel free to comment, troll, or leave kind thoughts. CLE

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I do have a box of secrets, letters, photos & everything that means so much to me. The truth always comes out in the end. When I leave this world, my adult kids or grandkids will get to see what's in my box. I did enjoy your poem very much. Hey, we are almost neighbors! Lol

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Week Ago

Yes we are lol. This poem was such a cathartic experience for me now that I look back on it. There a.. read more
I think we all have those little, or big, boxes we stash our momentous things from days gone by. Some of what I have posted on this site were recently found in an old filing cabinet in the attic. Written during a passionate relationship that spanned many years so, yes, they are among my treasures and, have sparked that passion for writing again. It's the web of lies that can uncover what we have hidden. Love this, Carlos....my new friend!!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank so Temperance for the kind comment you have shared with me about this poem. I really apprecia.. read more
Temperance

2 Weeks Ago

I have only been on this site for a short time but, have learned so much from you and the other poet.. read more
Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Welcome Temperance to this wonderful community of writers. We are lucky to have you as a part of it.. read more
Oh goodness if we could truly view the past Secrets...things hidden... private things..would it really change us??
I am a keeper of many things..letters for one.. these hold memories that are important to me... That is probably why I have everything I have ever written.. and, that is a very long stretch of time..
My philosophy is that if secrets are kept by parents then those secrets belong to them..not to me.. so they really should not have any effect on my life..oh gosh..now i am rambling on..
Lisa, happy in Spain


Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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2 Weeks Ago

I wanted to respond to your message by sending you a friend request but for some reason I could not?.. read more
Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

I will send one to you. I'm not sure why it didn't allow you to but I'll try myself. Thank you Li.. read more
Lisasview

2 Weeks Ago

You are most welcome..
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Gee
I have every birthday and fathers day card sent to me by my daughter plus all manner of odds and sods that she had gifted me over the last 21 years. My wife also has every letter that I sent to her when we were long distance dating.
Regarding lying, a good liar must have a terrific memory otherwise they will without a shadow of a doubt trip themselves up at some point, which is why I never try to hoodwink folk.
Enjoyed the read Carlos.
Hope you are well

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Gee for commenting on this poem. It was a bit of a cathartic write to be honest. Though .. read more
often at times the mind wanders off into the past, Thinking about mine is a sad one, This is wonderfully written and wonderfully expressed

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Writergurl for sharing your thoughts on how this poem speaks to you. This poem has so many.. read more
'Reminders of the piece of us so hidden
In the depths of our souls that we bury'
we remember ... perhaps not in opportune moment, but we remember, everything, weather we want or not, we remember
a good readable embraceable write
you did it friend

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Keith for your kind comment. I really do appreciate it. As a fan of the art you produce .. read more
This piece gave me a very intense image of a rusted time capsule, happiness brought by those memories and also pain because they have passed. I also saw the boxes my dad used to always keep stuffed in the back of his closet- full of old love notes worn from re-reading and folded pictures with string. Nostalgia is such a beautiful yet complicated feeling. Love it!

cricket 🦗

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you kindly Cricket for your comment on this poem. I'm so glad you can identify a bit with the.. read more
First of all, this is an emotional poem with so many truths wrapped up in it; it hits home and that hits the heart. --- But poems making similar statements always make me wonder why we humans remember, write about, and harbor keepsakes of those things that give us lingering sadness. One might wonder why we do that.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

I feel because in these keepsakes there are defining qualities in them that are difficult to erase f.. read more
The past is so often hid in plain sight.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

I agree Cherrie with this statement. I have to admit I'm living proof of this if I have to be hones.. read more
Cherrie Palmer

3 Weeks Ago

It's a terrible thing that adults do hiding hurts. That can never stay hidden.
You separate.. read more
Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Cherrie I truly appreciate this kind comment from you. I just don't want children growing.. read more
Wow conflict it's what brings division great write it makes me think you've touched my heart because what you is truth even when we want to hide.
Thank you for sharing

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much for your comment. You are totally right. I try to keep most of my poetry ambiguou.. read more

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Added on April 28, 2022
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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

salinas , CA



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