Thursday, March 13, 2008

from crumpled notes

i don't tie a string around my finger to remember

i forget

* * *


carry a pen and a bit of paper

always everyday

i can't rely on my memory no more

* * *

just today i worked on a line as i went about the errands of the day
then when i wanted to write it down

i forget


At 3:30 PM, Blogger derek said...

i always, always forget to carry round the pocket-sized notebook, to record those lines of poetry. i would be like, way prolific if i could remember.

At 9:53 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

me too. i've read the early 20th century poet mandelstams would compose his lines as he walked and when he had them memorized then he would write them down. doesn't work that way for me. as i walk my head is a radio broadcasting many stations at once and when i do get lucky to remember a line or two, by the time i get to my destination i've forgotten what i was thinking


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