Papers and bills, personal notes,
Credit card statements, all go through
The shredder, resulting in fettuccine,
Erasing memories of expenses: rent,
Shopping, travel, food, and gas bills…
The basket is slowly filling as my past
Activities are displayed before my eyes,
Disappearing gradually into shreds, just as
Those past years vanished from my life,
Long ago… Trying to prevent identity theft?
Who would be willing to steal my Past?
Making it their very own, carrying the ordeal
Of my problems, the trials and tribulations
Of my life! In the meantime, I’m trying to protect
The uncertainty of my Future, not yet here,
Not yet mine, but not so distant after all,
Built upon a shredded past and a shredding present!

© Djehane Hassouna, 2006

Rainbow of Emotions, page 116

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