Inspired by Sound: Once forever and always
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    This is part of our series called “Inspired By Sound,” where writers use a song as the muse for their story. This piece by Carly Menker takes influence from "Forever and Always" by Taylor Swift.

    You were something so constant

    Something I never thought

    Wouldn’t be there


    In my life

    In the words

    In the pictures

    In the lines of my story


    I feel you forget me

    The way I used to feel you breathe

    The way you held me

    Close to your chest


    Safe

    Secure

    So

    Sure


    You’ve erased me

    But with every piece of me

    Each pixel, charcoal dot, ink speck

    You erase a piece of you too


    You can’t unsmooth a crumpled paper

    You can’t get back what you’ve washed away

    You can’t wish

    That you can write yourself back in one day


    The dust has settled

    The magic has faded away

    You once swept me off my feet

    But now I hit the ground running


    Long gone is us

    A shadow of what we used to be


    You there

    Me here

    Equally focused

    Separately surviving


    Us

    To silence


    Love

    To nothing


    You shattered me

    You hurt me

    Smashed me

    Into a million transparent shards

    Glittering on the hardwood floor

    Yet You taught me how to rebuild


    When fractured glass is in a circle surrounding you

    You need to pick up the pieces

    Mend them back together

    To something more beautiful than what they once were


    And that’s exactly what I did.

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    Carly Menker, Nov. 16, 2017