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How do you
gain the courage needed
to break the ties
and heal the wounds
of the past
I don't wish to forget
it wouldn't be right
and I could not bear
to go on without
the memories
I only want
to leave it all behind
without wondering-
what could have been
or thinking of things
never said
never done
that might have changed
the outcome
we all want to change
the past
that shaped our present
knowing in our hearts
that we never can

by: Karen Damon 1987