Thirteen years…
Thirteen years…
It sure seems like forever,
Doesn’t it?
That’s how long
She and I were together…
I was just a teenager
When I met her

She appeared suddenly
I lost myself to her will

A powerful woman she was
She’s what my world became
Before I could grasp what was really going on
I was already consumed
Not much of my identity remained

Friendships before her became a mystery…
The faces seemed familiar
The relationships just weren’t the same
I was wrapped so tightly around her finger
Fearing exposure,
I had to fake it
I couldn’t connect the memories to the names

So much time had passed in our relationship
I thought for sure
Amnesia would be the one
I would be with
When I breathed last

Just as quick as she came initially,
Although thirteen years later,
In an instant,
She left just as fast

WRITER’S NOTE: This was inspired by the plethora of commercials and news articles I have seen recently that are focused on Traumatic Brain Injury awareness. This includes the texting while driving commercials and what’s going on with mainly former but some of the current NFL players and/or other athletes in sports with extreme contact. TBI is very real. Call it what you want, but I am one of very few who has survived and recovered from the debilitating injury. I lived for thirteen years with partial amnesia, along with other effects, after being in a car accident with a Detroit city bus (16 Dexter) at 17 years of age… Protect yourselves and especially, protect the children. Teach them proper safety in sports, while driving and in all that they do. Their lives depend on it.

  1. Beautiful…… This is so powerful and inspiring! Brilliantly written.

  2. Wonderful -Nice -Amazing !

    • Daniele
    • August 29th, 2012

    As always…Wonderfully expressed. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Thank you, Daniele! It’s another window that’s open to look through. Many of our peers had no clue.

    • Ty
    • August 29th, 2012

    Whoa! Didn’t see the disclaimer coming, haha. Very unique way of describing your relationship with your memory 🙂

    • Thank you; I’m glad you liked it… To read my words and understand them is to know me. I am an open book.

  3. Well written. A very good tribute to an x.

    • Thank you, I appreciate your comment… But “Amnesia,” my X girlfriend is a metaphor for dealing with memory loss for 13 years.

  4. Beautiful piece…

    Touching real story with a somewhat happy ending; glad to see that cause we usually get so few of those nowadays especially when things get that bad.

    Happy for you dude

    • I appreciate the comment, thank you! It was a tough thing to go through, but I able to get through it, that’s what matters.

    • Amy Samin
    • September 25th, 2012

    Found you on Twitter because Armani Milano RT your tweet about the schedule. Your poetry touches something in me and I am looking forward to seeing more of it. God bless.

    • My brother plays for EA7… Thank you for visiting, I’m humbled by your admiration of my works.

        • Amy Samin
        • September 29th, 2012

        Cool! Two of my “sons of the heart” play there. I’m trying to learn enough Italian so I can figure out the game tweets, haha. As I read through your older blog posts I am getting inspired to go back to writing some more poetry myself…Please keep them coming!

  5. I’m sorry about the accident. I thought the 13 years was about a loved one. I was surprised it was you. I hope you are well now. Thanks for sharing that. It was very touching.

    • It’s definitely about me. I had amnesia for 13 years… Then suddenly, everything came back. I am well now and fully recovered. I’m glad that you enjoyed my piece.

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