Set to Last – Written Saturday 26th July 1997 (Aged 22)

Set to Last

the past is meant to be past
it has pulled up –
and then driven away
i have to ask –
why is it still haunting me?
i mistook the past for yesterday
i thought it had gone for good
but the past is still burning
and i just keep adding wood
i cannot not see much for the trees
the past is set to last
i am fighting at the moment
that is all i can say
because so often, we are
why don’t you come and finish my day
sculpt it out of the now
not from the remnants of yesterday
because those people do not know me
they never well,
the past is meant to be past
yet it is still something that i can feel
it remains here
like an unwanted guest
i admit, sometimes –
i do need its comfort
but only want that on my own terms
when will i ever learn?
i thought the past had passed
yet it seems that it is set to last

James Garratt – Saturday 26th July 1997

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