folding memories

29 Mar

folding memories
into notes shoved secretly
into pockets,
she’s dressed
in all the stories
her children will hear
one day –
she will never
wash those jeans.
carrying love songs
and prayers
and doodled thoughts
that look
like hearts and flowers,
and pieces of the sky.
and names
she wants to own one day.
she has stuffed her pockets
with everyday,
fitting memories
into too-short words –
just to carry them.

(artwork by chidi okoye)

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4 Responses to “folding memories”

  1. pearlnelson March 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    This is REALLY wonderful. I loved the snippet-like quality of the rhythm. I just really love the whole thing. Pearl

  2. BP April 8, 2010 at 1:24 am #

    she’s dressed
    in all the stories
    her children will hear
    one day –

    …they are my favorite lines in the poem.
    i like the way you words sing together..in a sort of harmony. i like how the words connect to one another. its like a piecing a puzzle together…

    you are such a great writer.. i can’t say it enough. you must publish your work, for real!!!!!!!!

    • patrice berry April 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

      that means soooo much coming from you! thanks sis! i was on your blog today – i’m glad you’re back! your “mules of the world” is vicious, seriously…

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