Lost, Found, Lost Again.

my mother's eyes still hold the shape
of my father's fists.

people say i'm the one of my parents' children
who changed the most,

but what's change
when the bruises remain

the same shade of purple
as the summer i learned
to swallow my name?

to me that's what life's about,
not the becoming
but the unbecoming,

the slow unraveling
of the threads that bound
me to their expectations.

i'm an intarsia of frayed ends,
a sketch of all the places
i've been lost,

and found,

and lost again.

people say i'm the one
who changed the most,
but they don't know
the shape of my skin,

the way it still remembers
the weight of their hands,

the way it still whispers
their names in the dark.

About this poem

This poem is an emotional exploration of the speaker's experiences with family trauma, identity, and the lasting impact of childhood on one's life.

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Written on May 30, 2024

Submitted by JoeStrickland on May 30, 2024

Modified by JoeStrickland on May 30, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xx aB xx xxx xcc cxx xxx x aBxx dx dx
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 685
Words 151
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1, 4, 2, 2

Joe Strickland

Writer from South Carolina. Recently signed first publishing contract and is waiting for release date of first collection of poetry. I've never written a poem while completely sober. You can follow me on Twitter/X @JoeStricklandAU more…

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Discuss the poem Lost, Found, Lost Again. with the community...

  • Laura55
    So eloquently and beautifully written, Joe, and heartbreaking too. If this is about your childhood, I’m so sorry.
    LikeReply 113 days ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    A Very Good Piece, Fellow Poet. A Masterpiece, No Doubt. Stay Eazy.
    LikeReply 113 days ago
  • Kfoxy1411
    I feel these words in my soul. This is a sad, but yet beautiful piece. I can feel your pain.
    LikeReply 113 days ago
  • Lacey,J
    thank you for sharing, i can relate to a point, your words r touching, thank u
    LikeReply 115 days ago
  • Abbykesington
    You have written a beautiful piece on a very dark past.... I pray you heal even as you live with those harrowing memories... Thanks for sharing.
    LikeReply 115 days ago
  • jn.selvadurai
    An emotional message. Graphic imagery of a difficult past.
    LikeReply 116 days ago


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