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Christy Frost

Merit Award 2007 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest $50

About this Christian Poet:
Christy Frost is a high school student from Montreal, Quebec. When she is not writing or reading, she enjoys traveling, talking on the phone, and twiddling her thumbs on Photoshop. Her work has appeared on Utmost's site and in Fellowscript.

I wrote this poem while living in Japan. I was struggling with culture shock and wondering what kind of memories I'd bring back home with me. This poem was born out of the thought that perhaps we shouldn't always try to forget the hard things in life.

Life-cycle

I washed my memories of you last night
Setting the cycle on gentle
For they had grown thin
Lifting the sodden mass from the washer
I hung them to dry on a cord of pages
clothespinned each threadbare day to the line

When I returned
some had blown away
So I took the rest inside to press
They're cleaner now
but somehow I wish
they did not smell so strongly of detergent

You lose something in bleaching out the stains

Copyright ©2007 by Christy Frost