Leria Hawkins

Veteran Poet - 1,511 Points (39 forever / Sweet Carolina)

Maybe You'll Remember - Poem by Leria Hawkins

Maybe You'll Remember
Date: May 8,2017

Maybe you'll remember
The peaceful garden and the green sea
How the tide rose and fell, rose and fell
Swallowing up my tenderness

I walked with you there
Long ago in the youth of my longing
I ran the shore, rushing headlong into the rage
Begging to be swept away in the recklessness of it all

I lay naked in the grass nearby, green as envy
Watched as my dreams poured from another's cup
Hearing my story told in a strangers voice
I waited for the page to turn and for my life to begin

Maybe you'll remember
The warm summer nights and the midnight skies
How the sound of the waves crashed on the shore
Whispering lullabies, soft but somehow bittersweet

I waited for you there
Wearing naught but the heat of my own desires
I bathed in the cool milk of promises
Drank to my fill from the well of certainty

I stood tall at summer's edge, still evergreen
Hopeful in the turning of the seasons
I was forever brave in my convictions
My head high as fall gave way to winter

Maybe you'll remember
The slow turning of the leaves
How the glorious green grew withered and brown
How the first whispers of winter threatened with snow

I surrendered that winter
My faith slipping further and further from the shore
I drowned as the years turned in upon themselves
And winter became my only season

I slowly vanished into darkness
Fading into oblivion, still longing for the truth
I walked with the fate I had long refused
Watched, my heart frozen as the sun set on my dreams

I died a little that winter
Think hard, my love…maybe you'll remember

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Topic(s) of this poem: loss

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 8, 2017

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