More ‘Looking Back’ Poems

(Tryin’ to spare those of you who subscribe to me by email the triple ding.)

Aching Backwards in a Deep Blue Sea
Oh, I believe in yesterday. – The Beatles

The backstroke be
-comes her, be
-lies the waiting sharks
and tentacled stings
of truth. She’s proof
that forever has its
spill,
and sway.

glancing over her shoulder at the empty castle

,
……………………………..she slays her dragons
…………………………………………….backwards, cuts
………her hair.

.

The Inevitable Efficiency of Hindsight

Give her a shattered rearview
mirror any day, a way
to forget.

Hello, her name is regret –
here to stay,
no forwarding
address.

.

 

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4 Responses to More ‘Looking Back’ Poems

  1. ihatepoetry says:

    Three great images, perfectly succinct and captured. Great writing DeJackson!

  2. Jean says:

    Love that middle one. So true; we work it all out by changing our hair. Also, I love the subtle mentioning of cutting (as in skin), only, doing it backwards (in other words, uncutting ourselves OR letting ourselves heal).

    I love that the tiny hanging comma, suspended in air all alone like that, looks like a short curl of hair.

  3. I love all of these. The backstroke – ouch. And the cutting of the hair – yes!
    The third one had me in the mind of the movie “The Millers” where the guy had the tattoo with “no ragrets” 🙂

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