Maya Hanson (mye3 poet)


Backwards


Over the river
you’re laughing
I can hear it,
the sounds of starting again
I can hear it,
the shards of a broken mirror
I can hear it,
the forever that was lost
I can
miss yesterday

I’m the only one
who can tell you
how it feels
I’m the only one who
misses yesterday

Why don’t you
I don’t know why
Didn’t you ever
Feel the forever
Didn’t you ever
want that perfect mirror to last

I don’t know why
I want to kick myself
I want to break out in tears
I want to run up the stairs
I want to run back down
I want to trace the whole world
Back to its beginnings
I want to say your name backwards
Laugh backwards
Love backwards
Live backwards
for the rest of time

I don’t know why
I want to love you like you once loved me
I want to conquer the world
I want to apologize again
I want to do all the things
I should have done…

Backwards
it’s the only way to live
No decisions,
only facts
Watching them unfold
retracing the past

Animals descend the ark backwards
Clouds are once again filled with rain
I unwrite this story
words pulled back into my pen
And no one has ever read it
or ever will again

Submitted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Edited: Friday, December 13, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I actually got some of these ideas from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. (Fascinating, right! I usually just come up with this stuff out of nowhere.) But whoever reads this...I HIGHLY recommend it! ! ! It's not an easy read, but it's very lasting and emotional and I love love love it. It's just amazing. :)

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