Never mind—they’re gone (A poem)

Note to self: put it on paper before you forget…

What line did I forget this time—
you know, the one I didn’t write down?
It was so clear a few minutes ago
Now I can’t recall
not a bit of it
not at all

It felt so brilliant
it should have stuck around
but words are not flightless
they won’t stay if you don’t pay attention
however many times
you ask them to return

(2 December 2015—posted December 3)