swamp of memory (song)

swamp of memory

the older you get
the deeper the swamp
of memory

the more life you’ve had
the harder it is
to escape

a moment reminds you
calls you to the shore
of your memory

the past pulls you in
away from the real
and the now

but there in the mire
such treasures lie buried
the birth of your child
the day you were married
that bright shining moment
that birthday surprise
that magical night
the light in her eyes

someday I might drown
drawn in by the sirens
of memory

pursuing a past
that can neither be fixed
or regained

you might find me there
suspended adrift
in your memory

but leave me behind
return while you can
to the air

for there in the darkness
the snares are all set
the mistakes and failures
you’d rather forget
the slip of the tongue
you can never retract
the time you did nothing
when it was easy to act…

the older you get
the deeper the swamp
of memory

the more life you’ve had
the harder it is
to escape

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