What to do without memories?
How to keep them fresh
is the reason for photo albums
and letters with stamps.
The past ashes in fire, forcing
the mind to recreate history. Lost
to flames, the recorded past
is stored where experience continues
to survive as long as Death lets you.
To remember any bright time
or face or success may become
less important as years trudge by.
Bringing out the movie projector
becomes a way to rekindle that
which once lived.
Scatter them in flower beds,
the ashes of your days. Cultivate
memory blossoms and inhale
them even if their origin is obscured
by time and breathing. We can
not live so well without memories.

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