Learning to Forget

When will I start learning to forget?

For every memory that warms my winter heart,

Another falls like swift shadow

to darken my thoughts

 

And suddenly, I am her–

the fool from years ago

the girl I try to leave behind

I am the mistake, the bad judgment,

the waylaid good intention

 

I tell myself

I can move on

I can be better, stronger, wiser

I can be more

than the sum of my memories

 

And I make new choices

New decisions

of who I will be today

I grow up and away

I begin to leave the past, and yet

When will I start learning to forget?