Poem: Memory is One Huge Paraphrase

By: Julia Knowlton

memory

I.

Your desire and failing light are the same. If I could
I would make tea leaves out of you; to read.
Their amber odor sweet. My private book.

Your slightest look easily will unclose me, cummings
mused, strolling around Paris, confabulating la bohème.
Would I read something like that? Or would lines

bitter and tingle, just like a fork’s tines?
I know how to arrange you, because memory is one huge paraphrase.

 

II.

After reading you as tea leaves, I might leave.
Coming to a place unbound by your touch.

(The more you touch me, the less you will know me).
If I stay, barrel shapes of light might begin to spill—

 

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