Forgetfulness, or: Oblivion

Poetry Partners #19

‘Forgetfulness’, a poem by bodypositivefemme of ‘Ann_Within’

I dropped what does not swim
In a bottle a boat
The note from start
A thought to keep
A piece of body felt, the part I ripped
From the person you once loved
It could not forgive
Or erase the touch of life
And so I sawed
At my remaining existence

A Cleave poem by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

I dropped what does not swim while in seeking renewal, I observed
in a bottle a boatbarely balancing, burdened with carrying
the note from startto finish
a thought to keepthis self, less than whole, aching, missing
a piece of body felt, the part I rippedthrough no fault of its own, when
from the person you once lovedcame that full sense of betrayal, and it realized that
it could not forgivea treacherous mutineer
or erase the touch of lifethat once proffered false devotion
and so I sawedto its tender depths, while poking around
at my remaining existenceits foolish heart ~ could not be trusted

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


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23 thoughts on “Forgetfulness, or: Oblivion”

  1. The first poem alone is stark and oozes emotion. Your cleave poem is on its own a fitting companion. But together they are amazing! Wow!

      1. I think you are on a mission to make me smile my friend.
        This is an absolute honour.🤍

  2. Ann_Within is amazing, such a wonderous pattern of words, skilled in the craft

    The collaboration brings swelling of tears
    a brilliant conductor guiding the pianist through her notes.

    Simply beautiful

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