Not Forgotten


I am just an afterthought
To a world that is constantly moving
But then…
I am a wish to those who remember
And miss me


  1. Freddie Hoskin on October 9, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    I really love the pacing of this poem. The motion pointed towards in the second line by “a world that is constantly moving” is really beautifully subverted in the next line with “But then…” The pacing in the last two lines is calm and measured and really rounds the whole thing out well. Personally I’m a big fan of short form poetry but this one in particular manages to go at three different speeds in the space of five lines which is an impressive feat to pull off so well. I’m also really fond of the idea of being a wish to someone, it really expands my idea of the word “wish” but doesn’t stretch it beyond the bounds of sense. I really enjoyed this poem, thank you.

  2. Amanda on February 5, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    I absolutely love the parallelism found in this poem! The text itself is extremely powerful in the clear separation between the first and second halves that reflects the separation that the author feels from the world.

  3. Kayelynn on April 19, 2020 at 4:02 PM


    Such insight in a small package. You confront that, to the outside world, incarcerated people are just faceless masses behind stone walls. But, to your loved ones, you represent so much more than that, you’re like a puzzle piece they’re waiting to find again. You’re a wonderful writer!

  4. Jocelyn Matos on April 28, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    I felt two perspectives between the people who truly care and the people who swear they care. Time moves on while your inside. Less calls and less letters after month 3. The best way to do your time is remembering the people who matter and have proven it time and time again. Its great to be loved and feel loved. hold that closer.

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