Butterflies Be Damned

So many say
they would never erase
a single drop of blood
from their past’s embrace.

Everything happens
for a reason and with poise.
I have said that many times,
but retract my voice.

One experience
I could do without,
it brings me pain
and a mind filled with doubt.

And no step
forward that I make,
will remove that decision,
and heal this horrible heartache.

But if I could erase
that one lonely meeting,
that one seductive smile,
that one compelling embrace;
heaven help me,
but I would,
and the consequences
I would gladly face.

November 23, 2010