Love’s Labors Lost – Christine E. Ray

Christine Ray – Lost evidence

Brave & Reckless

she had moved many times in her life
not unexpectedly
some belongings became lost
were left behind
inadvertently
or on purpose
when they caused her pain
didn’t fit her life anymore
couldn’t be squeezed into the overstuffed car
before making her escape

boxes had been ruined in a basement flood
flotsam and jetsam from her previous lives
left waterlogged
moldy
unsalvageable
she didn’t care overmuch about things
they were just things after all
but she lamented the lost photographs
the letters
the cards
from old friends
would-be lovers
and those she had passionately embraced
shared parts of her life
her heart
her bed

its wasn’t just the words themselves that she missed
though she longed to read them again
to hold objective proof of what had come before
of who she had been before
in a history gone hazy around the edges
remembered through the unreliable lens
of here and now
she…

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