walkDo you ever go through your files or notebooks (or wherever you keep your random bits of poetry/stories) and find something that you’ve completely forgotten writing? And then look at it and think, ‘what is this about? What was going on?’

I dug something up recently, and given the content, I was clearly quite stressed about a situation. But what was it? I don’t know – I don’t even know the context! And what did I do about it? Well, I don’t know that either. I assume it’s long since resolved but that’s pretty much all I know.

Anyway, I thought I would share it for #FridayFiction:


Crushing clarity,
A sudden certainty
And realisation
That words must be spoken
For ultimate good
Yet which, at first, could

And I must find
The gentlest way
To wield the axe.

So there you have it. I assume I wrote it as some kind of catharsis or process of figuring things out. In which case it was quite successful… I guess. I wish I could remember, as finding a ‘gentle way to wield an axe’ sounds like a useful life skill. Ah well.

Tell me I’m not alone, tell me you write and forget too?

Nikki Young Writes

8 thoughts on “forgotten

  1. John Adams

    Oh I relate to this. I recently unearthed two A4 binders full of fiction and attempts at poetry going back 19 years. I knew the folders existed and remembered a few bits that were in them but it was bursting with stuff I’d submitted to magazines and actually had published…yet I’d totally forgotten about it! ANyway, lovely poem although it does sound like someone had seiously irritated you. I hope you didn’t have to literally wield the axe! #FridayFiction

    1. Maddy Post author

      Glad it’s not just me then John! I don’t think I actually own an axe so I think it’s safe to say that I didn’t! Thanks for commenting.

  2. Sophie Lovett

    I definitely have various snippets like this lying around! Mainly ‘inspired’ by irritating men in my twenties, though I’d be hard-pressed to distinguish between them now :) x

  3. Nicola Young

    I love the fact that you unearthed something that you had forgotten all about. That hopefully means that you resolved the situation! It is very angsty but the fact that you were trying to work out how to gently wield the axe does, at least, show some consideration to whoever, or whatever had worked you up. That last line is great, by the way.

    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Nikki! Yes I think the dilemma was that I didn’t want to hurt the person’s feelings but that it had to be done. Not that I know what ‘it’ was! xx

    1. Maddy Post author

      If only I knew Emily! It’s kind of annoying actually – maybe I did very well at gentle wielding? Who knows! Thanks for commentingxx


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