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Memory's Ghost
littlebits

I dream,
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that you sit in my bedroom,
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list in hand,
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imploring me to delete what links us.
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Handwritten, eschewing practicality,
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filled with online posts,
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conversations, pictures, and notes.
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The list is you,
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meticulous,
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finicky,
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personal.
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I demur unwilling to relinquish these memories, even for you.
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Your eyes force me to the task.
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You rub my shoulders platonically while,
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I panic.
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I purge, flipping from book to online doppelganger.
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Dissecting OURS
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                         ,creating a monstrosity,
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                                                             MINE and YOURS.
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You tell me:
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“You are not in love with me,
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but the ghost of your memory,
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a static fixture in a chaotic mind.”
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Your task done you vanish and I wake,
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rapacious for your presence,
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even a cynical one.
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Maybe it is true.
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To be free of you
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I have to excise these digital demons of a physical past.
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For now,
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I live with memory’s ghost.
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8 Oct 18


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