I’m here to write it all down
and take pictures of all of it
even if everyone else forgets:
love, and earthquakes,
and what the hibiscus looks like today.
Ruth, from thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Here's a poem about remembering. Remembering that goes beyond thoughts and right down into who you are, your heart and soul. Remembering what you can't forget, even if you want to. Remembering even what hurts.
(Haitian-made ornament from Papillon. I'm thinking I'm going to keep it out when we put away the Christmas stuff.)
What the Heart Cannot Forget
Everything remembers something. The rock, its fiery bed
cooling and fissuring into cracked pieces, the rub
of watery fingers along its edge.
The cloud remembers being elephant, camel, giraffe,
remembers being a veil over the face of the sun,
gathering itself together for the fall.
The turtle remembers the sea; sliding over and under
its belly, remembers legs like wings, escaping down
the sand under the beaks of savage birds.
The heart remembers everything it loved and gave away,
everything it lost and found again, and everyone
it loved, the heart cannot forget.
I left out two stanzas in the middle, and they are wonderful ones, so click on over to read them.
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