A glimpse of the past
here and there is enough for me.
I try to limit my visits,
only returning when absolutely necessary.
I don’t want to get stuck
with the pain that often accompanies
those reminder-retrieval trips
that I’ve come a long way.
Those heavy chains have a way
of lovingly reattaching themselves
to my feelings and emotions,
and I often end up going down
those same roller-coasters
that once held me hostage.
Sometimes I have to fight and hang on
by the skin of my teeth
with the past just to bring back
my mind frame into the present.