by Karthika Cobben

growing up

innocent and unprejudiced

untouched and free

looking back

it’s what I used to be

memories harder to remember

all just seems to disappear

like it never really was

like I never really was



not wanting to surrender

to this stream

pushing me further

from what is real

washing away the parts

I so badly

try to remember

tossing and spinning me around

almost got me



waves only hitting me

with bad memories

I try to forget

but I know

there must be more

not going to stop swimming




it may be good memories

I lack

but it’s only a matter of time

before they

come clashing back

- just keep swimming