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. . .but what is a memory?

an emotion, impression, experience

formed, perhaps framed in a moment

the tapestry of one’s life.


of smell, taste, touch, passion

the sight of someone? of something?

an event

a love.


emotional travel to a place in time

to just that place

that person

. . .and a fleeting feeling of the hope in one’s soul


over the years, we touch memory,  smelling that moment

turn it around in our minds and hearts

seeing the facets, like a gemstone, so any angles, patterns, and refractions

that smell. . .that fire, again washes us


and like a gemstone

we pick it up and gaze, hold, touch

the form changes ever so slightly. . .

Allison Knapp Wollam

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