Afterthought – A Poem

Sometimes you just have to dig to the root of the issue….

I am reaching into dry dirt
with closed tight fists
Sliding and falling to earth,
So why don’t I feel grounded?
I guess you just can’t chase
what won’t be caught
You can’t change
who you are
like an afterthought
You are who you are
and those roots
shackle our ankles like
ribbons of steel twine
keeping our feet
from running toward
an imaginary finish line
Stuck in place,
We face the mirror
Unable to turn away
Forced to face our fears
Again and again
Just a battery draining
as the record plays
the same song repeatedly
screaming the answers
we refuse to listen to
that we cannot accept
As the truth just sits
there staring us in the face
It’s just the same story
we keep on re-living
Until we can say what
we need to, to change
Until we can shake free
from the dirt that we are holding
that isn’t grounding anything
What good is an epiphany
that leads to a dark dead end?
What good is a garden
of nothing but weeds?
Just as dry and dead
as this damn conversation
Just a pile of words broken
But better left unspoken
that have left me lost in a
labyrinth of lonely dreams

Gretchen Leary 2013

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About Gretchen Leary

I am 31 years old, I live in the Boston area, and I am writing from the perspective of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
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4 Responses to Afterthought – A Poem

  1. i really enjoy this piece, nice even flow,and the uses of your words.
    -Bradley

  2. brian miller says:

    intersting reading this in connection to your newest piece…i wonder at the who you are really being the shackle…maybe there is something, but i wonder if it is really who you are…changing that core identity treads scary ground for me…almost like trying to walk upstream…

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