Pernicious Recollection

The pain was overwhelming
Like hot tea burning flesh

Toxic like poison

Venom from the serpent’s nest

As cute as a baby bear

But ferocious as an adult

Memories both good and bad

Unfold when I think of us

Green light, Yellow light, Red light
The world comes to a stop

Pain overlaps pleasure

And there is only one way out

Once upon a time
But no happily ever after

Of all the good in life remember

That nothing lasts forever