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Burning Down the Past by John Tustin

I tried to walk away


burning down the past

but I kept looking back

and seeing it not as it was

but as I thought it was.

I no longer

pretend I don’t notice

your indifference

to setting a match to me

and walking away

as I go down

in flames.

So I light my own match

and toss it behind me

knowing that your indifference

is so vast

you won’t feel

a thing.

John Tustin has had poetry appear in many disparate literary journals in the past ten years. You can find links to his published work on

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