Monday, January 1, 1979

MEMORY

MEMORY

Rings on trees 
signify the passing of years
the pale wide rings dividing the wet years 
from dark dense wood when the rains don't come 
I'm looking-down at my fingernails & it occurs to me
that there are growth rings embedded on them too, 
where growth measured in weeks, not years 
What drought is measured on my nails? 
Is it a loss of the heart?
Or a loss of love? 
A memory lapse? 
Loss of the poet? 
Loss of protein?  
Or a loss of fear? 
Maybe ridicule? 
Or antibiotics?
A pregnancy?
Memory gain? 
Weight loss?
Or water?
Drought?
?


1979
added 2/2017
very minor changes to make the tree shape work

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