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What happens to shared memory
When it is no longer daily shared
Memory is not just memory shared
It’s just memory, it doesn’t simply drop
Because the ones who shared it
Share now nothing else
It still was shared, this memory
Was it not?
Does shared memory need
The reinforcement of each shared and sharing dawn
Or is the shared memory
Just gone

for the dverse prompt of 6/3/21: Epistrophe

25 thoughts on “Loss

  1. I love this thought, and my mind was in a thought loop reading it. Excuse me while I contemplate existence.

    Joking aside, this is very beautifully written. I especially adored these few lines:

    “Memory is not just memory shared
    It’s just memory, it doesn’t simply drop
    Because the ones who shared it
    Share now nothing else
    It still was shared, this memory”

    A brilliant, remarkable piece.

  2. This is the type of thing I think about–and I love it! It’s a question that can’t really be answered, or perhaps one answers it differently at different times? In any case, it’s beautifully written.

  3. Alexandra, this sounds like an existential riddle to me. We can’t exist in the past or the present, but when the past was the present, you shared the memory. Beyond that we can’t know. As long as you remember the rest is irrelevant. That’s my take anyway…

  4. nice use of the repeats and the slippage between lines – especially:
    “Memory is not just memory shared
    It’s just memory, it doesn’t simply drop
    Because the ones who shared it
    Share now nothing else”

    • Thank you Laura. This is another form that I had no idea I use a fair amount. Not that surprising, since I like to use repetition, and the repetitive forms are some of my favorites.

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