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Time Does Not Heal All

If I wind back these hands far enough

will I find you sitting opposite me?

Jittery and nervous

trying to explain what the doctor told you

and telling me stories,

no doubt in the hope I’ll stop asking questions,

about why you can’t sit still,

why you couldn’t string words together last time we spoke,

why you keep bouncing your gaze from cocktail glass

to candle, to bar staff,

like you’re waiting for an alarm to sound

that really we should all be expecting.

I will count your drinks again.

I will make a comment about it

to the mutual friend sat beside you

when you venture off to use the bathroom.

I will be worried again

and that wasn’t something new

just exaggerated in the current scenario.

When didn’t I realise

the clock was counting down

and I didn’t see the lies

you wrapped over my worries

like badly applied plasters.

What is it about that past

that can make it haunt the present so?

Why can I not leave that cocktail bar behind?

Daily Post: Present


I’ve written two posts today from the Daily Post prompt present. I didn’t set our intending to but this poem just sort of slipped out anyway. Mostly because of the prompt’s link with time. I’m the sort of person who spends a lot of thought on how I could have changed the outcome of situations if I’d handled things different, if I’d know things that I know now then. In the end it’s a waste of time. I can’t change the past, I just have to live with the present as it is.

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.

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