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A Daughter of Memory

05.03.19 Posted in today's words by

Ed Zahniser’s most recent poem to appear here was “Pattern Recognition” (March 2019).

A Daughter of Memory
By Ed Zahniser

The one day last year that I took off
from being a poet I didn’t carry a pen
when we went to a party where a woman
who came with my photographer friend
Mark talked to me about first one thing
and then another that were all like first lines
of new poems and me with no pen. I think
she said “I’m a daughter of Memory,” but
then a young woman named Lethe,
I think, so sinuous she more flowed than
walked, Lethe streamed by, and away
flew each first line of each new poem
and this was all I could remember.

2 Responses to “A Daughter of Memory”

  1. Charlene james says:

    Oh Lordy, know it all too well, the bane of every poet. Add to that that you’re sure it would have been your best ever poem if you could remember that first line

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