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Memory

Postby Saturn » Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:57 pm

Memory

Memory doesn’t touch, it impales, runs roughshod
Over the faculty of thought, a hit-and-run driver
Mowing down all those in its unfortunate path.
As a sculptor hews off chunks of solid stone
So Memory [true excavator] pares us down
To the bare essentials, to our former selves.
Arrow-struck, we recoil from the new shock
Of the old. We are prisoners to Memory:
He holds the key, and taunts us in the cell.
All forms of torture legal, illegal, cruel
Are as nothing to the whips and scorns
That Grand Inquisitor Memory inflicts;
Remorseless, unforgiving and harsh
Are the pangs of our past regrets
"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".
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Re: Memory

Postby marwood » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:58 pm

This poem strikes some strong cords with me Saturn,
good work.
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen.
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Re: Memory

Postby BrokenLyre » Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:15 am

I assume this poem is the result of Keats's line that "Touch has a memory." Wonderful. So well said Saturn! I couldn't agree more - especially as one gets older, painful regrets have a way of piling up. Memory has it's delights too of course. But you do strike a deep cord, as Marwood noted. This is a keeper.
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Re: Memory

Postby Saturn » Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:14 am

Nothing to do with Keats actually to be honest, it's more personal than that, but thank you all the same.
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Re: Memory

Postby dks » Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:51 pm

Beautifully rendered...I love this:


As a sculptor hews off chunks of solid stone
So Memory [true excavator] pares us down
To the bare essentials, to our former selves...

All forms of torture legal, illegal, cruel
Are as nothing to the whips and scorns
That Grand Inquisitor Memory inflicts;
Remorseless, unforgiving and harsh
Are the pangs of our past regrets


I love the persona Memory takes on in this--sound and resonant empathic projection, there, Stephen!
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Re: Memory

Postby Saturn » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:00 pm

Why thank you Denise, for taking a moment to read it. I always appreciate your thoughts.
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