fictional self

Photo: Creative Commons

Photo: Creative Commons


self-preservation is a memory game


it is neither enough to remain content

nor to assuage change

survival requires action

supported by past experience


i reassess my past

so my memories impart change


i can’t capture the past

as it really happened


it can only be contextualized

with new meaning and new intent


i recall memories

not as they were

but as i think they were

in relation to a present purpose


and in a present context

memory is held within a bias

of continuous knowledge


so the same memory

a thousand days ago and now

yields two different results

tinted by experience


the present is a continual re-contextualization

of every past action


the unstable nature of my memory

turns every passing moment fictional


it isn’t enough to acknowledge my fictional self


the art of survival

is to exploit it


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