"You Forgot"

by Donny's Boy

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Disclaimer: I own neither the characters nor the plot relating to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I am making no money from this story. I mean no harm.

Warnings: Not a one. I'm getting soft in my old age.

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You forgot
All that I am
And all that I'm not

Everyone thought
That Raph had changed
When it all began
When Raph took charge
It seemed that
At long last he might
Be happy with his place

We forgot
All that he is
And all that he's not

The day that he brought
That old broken bike home
It marked a shift
But of what import
Not a one of us knew--
Not 'til the first night
He stayed out past dawn

He forgot
All that he is
And all that he's not

And me? I'd been taught
To keep my head low
To stay unseen
So when I got dragged
Out of my nook
And into Raph's place
I panicked more than a bit

He forgot
All that I am
And all that I'm not

But still, I gave it a shot
For Mikey I tried
For Sensei
Even for Raph
But it was inevitable
(In retrospect, yes)
Inevitable that I should fail

We forgot
All that I am
And all that I'm not

Even now, everything's fraught
With the blame
With the shame
You've placed on my shoulders
Because I was the last levee
Who crumbled, who couldn't
Hold back the floods

You forgot
All that I am
And all that I'm not

Even now, it's a dark blot
That I cannot scrub clean
My own scarlet letter
And still you don't understand
That I blame you too
That the price for finding yourself
Was paid mostly by me:

I forgot
All that I am
And all that I'm not.

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Author's Notes: Against all my better instincts ... a poem! Egads. Anyways, this is another piece where I just wanted to play against fanon. The movie doesn't outright state that Donatello was put in charge while Leo was training, but we all tend to write stories that way. Thought I'd mix it up for a change.

Also? Donny angst. Never enough Donny angst.