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Reminiscence: My Coda

Reminiscence: My Coda

"Sever this for all time" - Max Bemis


amidst the chaos
and among the debris
of fragmented perception:
I wander, I sweep unseen
through serene, sunlit meadows
where you lie in tranquility
beneath earth’s tree; oh, the anguish!
the ardor that bursts at the seams!
(equally a dream)

About Reminiscence

I frequently post poems about my exes or romance in general. I’m still somewhat embarrassed to admit that it took me nearly a decade to fully process my two major high-school relationships. I was so young when I fell in love with these women. For this reason and others, I eventually realized that I was mostly in love with an idea – with the thought of what the relationships could have been.

I unhealthily clung to the notion that if my life was somehow like a movie, and if I had been with one of these people, I could have found happiness. I still haven’t found true love and even my longer relationships have typically lasted less than one year. However, I know now that I can’t look to the past for answers.

I still suffer but my mind isn’t in the same place that it used to be. I am not only empathetic but I am proud of my accomplishments and am willing to forgive myself, even when it’s hard. That (among other things) separates me from the boy I once was. I won’t ever write a poem about either of those women again. Regardless, I only wish anyone I’ve ever dated the best.

  • In “Exes,” Kele Okereke of the band, Bloc Party, sings:
    • “To all the exes that I left behind: these words will fall short but I must try.”

Justus Reinhardt

Justus Reinhardt enjoys writing articles, comics, poetry and prose stories. Through his compositions, Justus' goal is to help others by providing awareness to misunderstood topics.

Justus Reinhardt