Don’t Forget That Thing That You Once Forgot


Don’t forget that thing that you once forgot.
It may turn out disastrous. My goodness, I hope not!

Now I know it’s something that I’ve forgotten before.
Maybe it’s my house keys dangling from my front door.

Was it a bill I was suppose to pay? The water or electric?
If it wasn’t so dark in here, I could probably think of it.

Let me go for a walk. Maybe that will jog my memory.
Trying to remember that thing I forgot has become something of a mystery.

The ability to remember things usually happens when I’m gone.
Now I’m beginning to wonder: Did I leave the stove on?

Perhaps it was an anniversary. Was it someone’s birthday?
Hmm, is that why my best friend is not talking to me today?

Did I check the mail? Am I expecting anything important?
Do I need to call and cancel something? Do I even have an appointment?

I try to retrace my steps, which do not go very far.
Did I leave the gas cap off again after I filled up my car?

Maybe I left the stove on. Oh. Sorry. My bad.
I forgot… I had already mentioned that.

I think it was a live or death thing. I got this feeling inside.
It’s not coming to me. Hey, why’s my goldfish floating on his side?

Anyway, I’m going to bed. Maybe I’ll remember in the morning.
Man, what’s that smell? Is something burning?

I’m wide-eyed and awake in bed. I’m lying very still.
I can’t sleep. Did I… did I take my sleeping pill?

Don’t forget that thing that you once forgot.
It may turn out disastrous.
But I hope not.

Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 211
For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Don’t Forget (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might be: “Don’t Forget to Leave on the Light,” “Don’t Forget the Alamo,” or “Don’t Forget to Enjamb Your Lines.” I’m sure everyone will have fun with this one.


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Fiction writer. Vinyl collector. Coffee drinker. Book reader. Music lover. Neat freak. Bookworm. Introvert. Thinker. Poet. ISTJ. View all posts by HandHeldWriter

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