Just A Glimpse

A glimpse of the past
here and there is enough for me.
I try to limit my visits,

only returning when necessary.
I don’t want to get stuck
with the bitterness that often accompanies
those reminders that I’ve come a long way.

Those heavy chains always find sneaky ways
of lovingly reattaching themselves to my emotions,
and I often end up going down
those same roller-coasters
that once held me captive.

Sometimes I have to fight and hang on
by the skin of my teeth
with the past just to bring
my mind-frame back into the present.