poetry

“Stubborn Memory” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Stubborn Memory”

By Ashley O’Hare

I remember everything:

the coffee lingering on your breath,

the callous on your hand,

your half-tucked shirt,

your disappearing summer tan.

I have tried to scrub the memories.

I have denied the recollection.

I refuse to accept

a less than wonderful history.

The flashes come less frequently now;

fewer cars in my neighborhood look like yours.

I don’t understand how,

but I survived your treachery.

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