As Future Became Present Became Past

by Ken Harnisch

From time to time I wonder if I could have kept her
Had she not moved away
There are times I see her retrospectively
And think she would have been lost to me
When she left for college
But then I remember how damned persistent
I could be and am
And I know my being would
Have haunted her homecomings
Till she came back, quite willingly
And as insecure as I was and am
I know this: I was the best thing
That ever happened to her
And although I’m not sure I’m into
The soul mate thing
There was enough of that
And my “thereness”
That doubt would have clouded her head
In the arms of any other man.
But since it was not to be
She should know what has occurred
As future became present became past
I no longer cling to the memories
Which is a good thing
But I no longer look for sustenance
In the words of others
Or their promises
And when there is just a shift in the tectonic plates
Of emotion, even if it is but a tickle,
I can and do walk away on a dime
Determined, this time, not to be the
One who wonders what
The other’s doing now.


Posted on 12/08/2008
Copyright © 2021 Ken Harnisch

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 12/08/08 at 02:29 PM

Sounds like you're doing a pretty good job moving forward. Really enjoyed this one, man.

Posted by George Hoerner on 12/08/08 at 02:47 PM

Nice write Ken. I love the title and how it's used in the poem. I believe time is another of those things we don't understand until it is too late.

Posted by Jeffrey Parren on 12/08/08 at 05:05 PM

Yeah this is a great glimpse into who you were compared to who you are now. We all evolve and change and adapt, some just don't realize it so well. ~JPP

Posted by Nanette Bellman on 12/08/08 at 05:34 PM

it's great that you are coming to this realization. it's hard though. but it'll be better that way.

Posted by Vivienne Grant on 02/23/12 at 03:54 PM

tectonic plates of emotion ~ brilliant ~ our worlds are emotion

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