I’m Better As a Memory

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If, when you look back, look back fondly.
For I will be there waiting in your memories and in your dreams.

 

If, when you look back, do so mostly on our good times.
For I know that we had many, and those times were my favorite.

 

If, when you look back, look back at what we tried for.
For it was never in your successes or in your failures that I saw you.

 

If, when you look back, do so with tenderness.
For I know how you can be, and there is no point now to be anything but kind to yourself.

 

If, when you look back, look back with honesty.
For I won’t hide from you if you need to remember how far you’ve come.

 

If, when you look back, do so without bitterness.
For there is no room here for any more.

 

If, when you look back, look back and learn from me.
For I was always with you, trusting you to one day be strong enough to look back at me.

 

If, when you look back, do so with faith.
For it has never let you down, I can show you all the proof you need.

 

If, when you look back, look back and see us.
For it was always us who made it this far, and it will always be us you can look back on when you need the reminder of who you really are, and how far you’ve come.

 

If, when you look back, find me, your memory.
For I will never leave you, so stay as long as you want.

 

I will keep my word. Only when you need to strengthen your present will I let you look back on our promises kept for a better future.

 

After that, you must look forward.

 

Don’t worry about forgetting me, I will still be right here when you need to look back.

 

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Photo credit Jenny Bennett