Written by Carol J Forrester
I’ve been decluttering my heart recently,
prising open the hidden parts I’d forgotten existed.
But inside there are faces I don’t want to look at again. Over
years they have changed, lost any softness they once held, become
darker, gaunter, crueler now the games have stopped. They are the ones
I couldn’t let go of. Tucked away in secret spaces, their claws dug in too deep
for me to do anything but move them around like knick-knacks, from the
window, to the dresser, to the cupboard under the stairs. They have
gathered dust but never left. Now when I look, I see they have
shrunk in size and their talons don’t hold the same grip.
They are easier to peel away, like plasters left on
past a scar healing. They simply fall
off, used and worn out.