Annette Marie Hyder
Let the past be
like smoke on the air
just a trace of proof
that there ever was
such a great blaze
between you and me
that set whole forests on fire
set the world on fire too
with flames licking the ceiling of the sky
curling the painted clouds off
and even managing to steam the cold stars
to unusual brilliance.
Let the past dissipate
while it drifts its way backwards
and becomes harder and harder to see.
A few literary quotes on the past:
“Shall we never, never get rid of this Past?”
cried he, keeping up the earnest tone of his preceding conversation.
“It lies upon the Present like a giant’s dead body.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables
“What’s gone and what’s past help should be past grief.” — Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale
“Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 6