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she reads me poems I 
wrote 
and forgot 
she never forgets 
the way the light strikes the 
face just right 
or the resonance of the voice 
or the flowers 
yes the flowers 
those gems which 
when I put them into poems 
turn out to be words 
of course 
words from the word barrel 
scattered like rain on the desert floor 
do you remember? 
running as a child 
do you remember? 
yes 
we 
do 
because we have written poetry we 
remember 
no 
because we have lived we 
remember 
the taste of sweat earned 
the taste of love 
the scent of 
passage 


- David Jackson

She Reads Me Poems

photo of southwest sunset

Photo by Edy Lou Benjamin

to David   /   to Moongate