How varied your memories are
from mine
as time passes.

Your memories made you call me,
made you want to say hi,
like we were old chums.

My memories made me sick with horror
at the sound of your voice.

Your memories made the planes
in Dallas a warm, tender, bittersweet sound.

My memories were grateful for the machines
that flew you away where you could not cause harm.

Your memories sent flowers
to greet my birthday
with longings that you were nearer.

My memories made me hate those
poor, innocent flowers and
filled my special day with dread.

Your memories sent a postcard
for Christmas
with wishes that time and I
were reversible.

My memories are so thankful we’re not.

Your memories look at my picture
and imagine that everything’s the same
in my life
because everything’s the same
in your memories.

My memories made me
change everything in my life
so your memories
and you
can never find me again.

~ cj 1996.05.21

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8 Responses to Memories

  1. Gail Hite Cua says:

    Love it!!

  2. Rick says:

    Very interesting juxtaposition of two aspects of the same activity. Shows how perception and reality and memory are interpreted differently. Nice.

    • cjromb says:

      That whole situation was surreal at times. It was really hard for me to imagine someone viewed the world SOOOO differently than I did. Trippy. Thanx for reading!

  3. jeffrey harris says:

    Cj, How long have/had you been writing at tis point? I really like this!

    • cjromb says:

      I started writing when I was 12. I have stuff all the way back to then. Over time I’ll put stuff out from my past but what happened is as soon as my friends (including you) started reading my stuff, I started writing more than I already was. Plus I have a lot going on to process, and writing is how I do that frequently. 🙂

  4. jeffrey harris says:

    CJ, This is so true to my life as well. I do appriciate the circle that it posed.

  5. Marina says:

    You have a really interesting blog!

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