William F Dougherty

Rookie - 493 Points (West Hartford, CT)

Paper Cache - Poem by William F Dougherty

A cardboard box of evidence accosts
my craven past, incites a raw review
of those omissions I repent the most:
not what I did, but what I did not do.

A cache of lilac-colored letters tossed
aside show the seasons when I withdrew
from risks of mellow heart—upbraiding ghosts:
not what I did, but what I did not do.

A plotted map and snapshots with dulled gloss
speak slender words I never shared with you:
I stand arraigned for self-inflicted loss,
not for what I did, but what I did not do.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, May 14, 2012


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