Bookstore Poem #631 (a poem)

Inspired by seeing the cover of Kate Mulgrew’s book How to Forget

All the things (excerpt)

I want to learn
how to forget

all the things I remember
all the things I want to remember
all the things I have to remember
all the things I’ll never remember
all the things I still remember
all the things I shouldn’t remember
all the things I might be called upon to remember
all the things I’m determined to remember after being embarrassed for forgetting
all the things I write down so I won’t have to remember
all the things nobody expected me to remember, but I do anyway
all the things I remember about the moment I found out
all the things I remember now that it’s over and I can’t change anything

all the things I know
all the things I don’t know
all the things I don’t want to know
all the things I should have known
all the things I should have never known
all the things I’ll never know
all the things I have no interest in knowing
all the things they taught me that I never understood

all the things I did
all the things I didn’t do
all the things I didn’t do because I made the choices I did
all the things I did that didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to
all the things I should have done
all the things I was expected to do
all the things I was never expected to do

all the things I missed because I wasn’t paying attention
all the things I missed because I was too insistent on everything being just so
all the things I missed because I was doing them with the wrong person
all the things I missed because I was too stubborn to give up
all the things I missed because I gave up too soon

all the things I have no patience for
all the things I’m too comfortable with

all the things I worry about
all the things I don’t worry about
all the things that come back to me after I’ve stopped worrying about them
all the things I can’t stop worrying about
all the things that worrying about things makes me do

(12  June 2019)


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