As midpoint of summer, filled with time for relaxing, August is rife for making discoveries. Whether discovering new places, people, music, holiday destinations, or learning something about yourself. This month’s poems mirror each other: one is a discovery of memories at the sight of someone, whilst the other poem regards discovering someone new within yourself.
A face to me, of indebted
Never seen eyes so open
The turn of your
head, the sound of your
Want to tell you right now
watch no moment pass
As I call you again in the depths of my
mind: unvoiced or
aloud, can’t seem to unwind
these knotted thoughts
they make me so
you, (ask why?)
I look- the other side
Find you, and then,
(don’t know what I’d do)
go weak at the knees at the thought,
Steady my balance;
count down again-
remember to breath in the ‘there and
More rosy cheeks
I’ll pick myself up, for now be star struck
to recognise oneself now:
trapped in transition.
Before my eyes
former selves had coalesced
dimpled dreams and childhood’s smile
into this perverse transfiguration.
Traces of acne scars and angst
in these stains of sleeplessness
worn on a face I can barely call mine.
Once these eyes were the sole feature
I could rely on to remain unchanged,
for that girl who only revealed herself
inside perpetually dark irises,
their darkness starker now
these cheeks bear a faded blush.
At least in all my searching
these abhorred contours could
map out memories.
What is there to call your own
when you cannot recognise yourself?
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