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Early Memory ( after Sharon Olds )

Imprint—a bridge, and someone—      
an Aunt, squeezing my hand;          
wobbly-walk, trees after rain        
infused light of branch and leaves—        
sound but not sight, water          
moving underward, echo—          
muffled voices—human and animal          
heat solidified on skin, humidity          
beading necklaces, lace and dirt—        
after-rain muddiness drying in sun;          
imprint, footfall of a paw, fossilized    
now long gone, having moved on          
leaving its mark on the world —         
history in hours, significance;          
“I’ve been here,” it announced        
without uttering a word—          
I understood that one day      
mine would be left too.           
~        
         
#SharonOlds
Ahavati
Author's Note
Non-entry 'Fear of Oneself' Sharon Olds' Tribute
https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/10827/
Based on her poem 'Earliest Memory'...
Non-entry 'Fear of Oneself' Sharon Olds' Tribute
https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/10827/
Based on her poem 'Earliest Memory' https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=37346
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