is an unintended thought–it comes undesired;
an intention running second in the race,
where a forerunner cuts the ribbon first before others do.
is a leftover thought–
it is what’s left when all other thoughts
have been thought of.
I become an afterthought
when you think of me only
when nothing else is left for you to think about;
when I take second, third, fourth place in your life.
An afterthought is a mere addition
an appendage, an add-on.
It does not create worth,
nor adds worth,
nor its presence or absence matters–
after all, it is just an afterthought.
An afterthought is a side thought–
something not indispensable,
something irrelevant or immaterial
to the narrative currently unfolding.
An afterthought is a shadow.
(First published on my private blog in 2004.)
(Image credit: “Afterthought” by rhibe on DeviantArt.com)