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I Try To Tell Myself



I try to tell myself that everything I am
forgetting is not important,
though it was important.
This is a new thought,
that importance is impermanent.
But how can one bear it,
to live in an ever-shrinking subset
of one's former life,
more reduced than renewed
by unanticipated addition?

Am I to be the bean
that dries over time
and shrinks in the shell
in order to rattle when shaken?

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.