The Baggage


For the (fictional) series,"Edges".


He: The Baggage

I love to wake to the smell of the sea
carried on the wind. The pain I also wake to
ebbs a little, along with both fame and shame.
All the trappings of my life stay dormant 
(brief gift of this place in first early light)
which amazes me – though it's only for a moment.
Then the list re-chalks itself onto the slate
along with the judgments of the mainstream.
If only I could start again: a baby, a blank.
But it cannot be. I shoulder my freight.  

Comments

  1. Sigh... there are often times when we regret our past... when faced with an irreversible mistake or overwhelming pain. That is when we wish for a do-over.. but at the end of the day we know it isn't possible. A most evocative write.

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  2. We do what we must. Because we don't have a choice. We can only hope that in doing what we must we find most of what we wish for.

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  3. Being a baby is overrated, as I remember it. :) This is lovely!

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  4. This is deep...yes the list re-chalks itself on the slate and we are unable to stop it.
    May be we can add more beautiful things on the slate and it might help to reduce the pain.

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  5. If only I could start again: a baby, a blank.
    But it cannot be. I shoulder my freight.

    A wish and a desire! It is good to just ramble away about such memories

    Hankm

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  6. a baby, a blank... wonderful writing!

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  7. Your opening lines filled my lungs with a sea breeze, Rosemary, and I'm glad to live near the coast. There is so much I recognise in the lines:
    'All the trappings of my life stay dormant
    (brief gift of this place in first early light)
    ...
    Then the list re-chalks itself onto the slate'.

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  8. Ah yes aging does that. We are slowed down whether we like it or not. And left with all the yearnings to do so much more. Now that we have the experience of hope and the platform of review.

    Much­čî╝love

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  9. I think we sometimes all want to start out again... the baggage just seems to grow.

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  10. Oh, there are days I feel the weight of years... I try to unpack as often as I can some of the guilt I shouldn't have packed in the first place.

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  11. How often we want to turn back the years to erase a part of our lives. But life is like that we learn from what we do wrong. So mistakes early are fine they all part of our education. If we remember where we went wrong we should be OK in future.

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  12. starting each day like that, refreshed - we CAN learn to let go - somedays are just hard than others.

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