Finding the warmth, comfort and food

It so desperately craved

The baby snuggled up to the breast

Completely at peace, blissfully unaware of

And not caring at all about the world

Making me realize that those moments

Must have been the highlights of my life

Where absolute need met complete fulfillment

Memories now resting dormant and unremembered

Locked away within my deep inner self

Unconscious recognition that made me who I am

Never to be experienced again

  • Author: Alfred Peyer (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: October 9th, 2017 16:21
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 77
  • User favorite of this poem: Accidental Poet.


  • kevin browne

    great write, Fred.

    • FredPeyer

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Kevin!

    • Poetic Dan

      I took such a deep breath at the end my friend, letting go of some inner pain. It was even more intense reading it backwards! As If I understand it better ;/ thank you for sharing this and the energy it brings.

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks PD, after reading your very much appreciated comment, I did read it backwards too, and lo and behold, it seems to work up to the line 'Must have been the highlights of my life'. Thanks so much for pointing that out! I think from now on I will read all my poems both ways before posting! πŸ™‚

        • Poetic Dan

          After reading what is intended, I've always gone back through sometimes I mix other peoples in with it or just pick random bits. So much fun to be had lol

        • Louis Gibbs

          I'm struggling with the last four lines, here. Don't recognize why yet, can't put my finger on it. It is a beauty of a poem for sure, Fred!

          • FredPeyer

            Thanks Louis, I too struggled writing them. What I am trying to express is that there must be memories from when we were babies. Since babies do not have language yet, I am not sure how these memories are stored in our subconscious, but I do believe that, even though we do not recognize them, they do play a role in our development. For example, a baby that has been neglected may become a different person compared to a baby that had all its needs fulfilled. And finally, these experiences we had as babies obviously cannot be experienced again.
            I am neither a psychologist nor a brain expert, far from it, I just have strange ideas pop into my head and write them down. Please feel free to interpret them as you see fit!

            • Louis Gibbs

              Your example of a baby that has been neglected becoming a different person than they would have been is valid and proven to be true. Not so sure that one can form 'memories' per say as an infant, but what they experience certainly does have an impact. In some instances it would be a blessing that they don't remember. I'm thinking of the babies that came in addicted to their mother's drugs when I was a volunteer in the NICU ward of a hospital, and had to go through detox. A fascinating subject, isn't it.

            • Accidental Poet

              Really makes you wonder of our earliest of memories from infancy. Are we even capable of remembering at so young an age? Great write Fred. ; )

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks so much AP, please see my comment to Louis above. I never checked, and maybe I should have, what is available on the internet regarding how babies think. I just wrote the thoughts as they occurred. But I do know that zillions of new connections are created in the brain, so something is going on!

                • Accidental Poet

                  Yes Fred, it is very intriguing to think that babies might have memories locked away unable to remember again. But if they are not available to be remembered, why would we remember them to begin with? I think that possibly sometimes some of those memories will come back to some people. Example: A infant baby that is taken away from its mother deserves to be able to remember its mother, and later on in life those memories resurface for the person to come full circle. So very interesting and provocative this write of yours. Thank you for posting, awesome. ; )

                • tanvir H

                  nice manπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

                  • FredPeyer

                    Thanks a lot, tanvir!

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Very good write. There are many wonderful experiences in our past lives of which we no longer have any knowledge.

                    • FredPeyer

                      Thanks Goldfinch, I wish we could remember!

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