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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 J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. 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. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  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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