I have always feared the idea of developing Alzheimer’s. I cannot imagine not being able to recognize a loved one. I dread thinking of myself being incapable to handle a fork or knife because I have forgotten how to use them. I find this disease one of the saddest and most lonely. But sometimes there are things that I want to forget. There are things that I love to erase from my mind completely. These feeling emerge when I contaminate my brain with too many horrific headlines. The following poem is about the things I want to forget. What are some things that you want to forget or erase from collective memory?Please submit your comments.
What I Want to Forget
I want to forget the images of under nourished and abused children.
I want to forget the cruelty inflicted upon human beings in war-torn nations.
I want to forget some of the stories I heard as a child about the Holocaust.
I want to forget that so many people in this country go to bed hungry.
I want to forget how so many suffer with incurable diseases because there is no funding to find cures.
I want to forget the sounds of the respirator hooked up to my sister when she was in diabetic coma.
I want to forget about the social wars we wage every day with out end like the war on drugs and violence.
I guess I just want to forget the bad stuff. I want to forget the stuff that questions our humanity.
I suppose I am a dreamer. Or maybe I am in a dream hoping for a better world when I awake.
I do believe that we can help to erase some of these negative things if we join our efforts.
Our humanity is not a figment of our imaginations. Let’s not conform to say that we will never forget some of these atrocities.
I believe that what we can learn to say is that we will not allow any of these things to continue to happen on our watch.
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