You can start having strange thoughts in trees.
terra cotta flower pots in grandmother’s bedroom nursery.
then a grilled cheese sandwich carried to me on a plate.
then the sea, every shade of everything other than blue.
although it wasn’t color, it was down deep I remember,
how you roll with the breathing pulse of water over rocks.
then me a salt fish and no memory of me above the waterline.
then an anemone thirsting for touch.
then pie, easy to redraw in single thought.
apples, peaches, both telling the truth.
then snails blooming from the shrub, here
beside the bench where I linger at dawn.
how arms and legs are akin more to roots than limbs.
how faces behave like rain.
memory is only another moment of now itself.
like tides, I go where water says.
or maybe the texture of dusty skin
or that scent native only to you.
maybe I’ll remember color when
maybe color will say my name
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