Skip a life completely
Stuff it in a cup.
Family’s are subject to decay
Like any old element.
Memories become impossible burdens
On the soul.
People get lost in their dysfunction
In their own lives
They forget too easily
What was once precious,
And forgo it for their own reprieve.
Sand castles built in the afternoon
Will have washed away
When the stars come out.
The waves may look like glass
In the morning
But at night they rage.
They swallow sand and kelp
And images held dear.
No man steps in the same lake twice
For it is not the same lake
And he is not the same man.
Things do change.
If I am certain of anything it is that.
Not much can be done about it.
No amount of denial or effort.
You make the best of it.
And maybe internalize the pain
Take it upon yourself
That the family was destroyed in a fire
And the good times are draped in shadows
And you are not in family photos anymore.
And the beach grass smells like something
But you can’t remember what.
The sticks don’t resemble swords anymore either.
They’re just sticks.
And the water is receding
And so are you.
And if there is any silver lining
It is that mountains don’t move at all.
And they will always be there to cradle you
When your mother has died
And your childhood home has been sold
To a couple
Who made a sauna out of your playroom.
And if you are lucky you will not
You will find your solace in the moment
In the sun
In the wind
And your own inner strength.
You will live in a depression
But create happiness from inside yourself.
Your heart will beat stronger wherever you are
Regardless of the sunsets
Regardless of fig newton’s
Or fruity pebbles.
Your heart will beat stronger because you made it so.
You made it so.
You made it so.