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Carrying On, Not Starting Over

I have turned over leaves

again and again

until all I had left

were twisted, splitting stems,

and the resolves I was spouting

were the same

just recycled,

and the hopes I was clutching

were dim

and uninviting.


Now I am taking the time,

to untangle myself.

To find the answers

in stories already spent.


There is no starting over,

no beginning again.




I am me and I am I,

I do not wish to be anyone else.



Daily Post: Renewal

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. I love this, especially the ending. Reminds me of the “new year, new me” thing, except you’re still the same you and it’s just another day. You have to work with what you have.

    • Exactly. This year my blog hasn’t done as well as last year, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t built on what I had in 2015. I haven’t achieved all my 2016 targets but I’m closer than I was in January.
      It may take me longer to get where I want to be than expected but it doesn’t mean I won’t get there. Thanks for reading and commenting. It’s nice to hear people are reading my work and enjoying it. 🙂

    • Thank you, I’m really glad you think so. I’ve been focusing more on stories than on poetry recently so it’s good to know I haven’t lost the knack.

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