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  • Memory shapes drift
    with the slow movement
    of the night.

    A prom in 1963 slides against
    that confrontation on the subway in 1982.

    Jenni’s birth shoves gently at her sister’s
    lung surgery.

    Coffee with Viola and Jeff insinuates itself
    next to the performance in London when
    the sound never came on.

    The taste of lemongrass appears beside
    the placid faces of a thousand gilded Madonnas.

    That bad day in 1990 competes subtly with tomorrow.

    Mother’s voice batters
    the hot, dry air of the Strawberry Mountains
    but her words are lost.

    Slow partners change
    return and change

    Memory shapes drift
    with the slow movement
    of the night.
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