a curse of good memory

Raquel Paredes

Published Winter 2021

i have to say,

the unfortunate thing about having a good memory is that

i cannot simply forget

while this does well for the tests and the speeches,

it also means

i cannot simply forget

everything i have learned about you

i ponder on this thought, as i recall your favourite colour,

and each name of your cousins and the way you knew me like no other,

it’s funny

i think we learn each other’s lives as we see it as our futures

but the unfortunate thing about having a good memory is that

when we part and you are just past,

i remember everything

no matter how long or little we last

r.p

I’ve always found myself thinking of the past, and how we tend to gather so much information about other people because we find it important to know. Once someone is no longer in our lives, we still carry all the knowledge about them that we thought would be useful in our future.

Raquel Paredes is in her 1st year of Honours Arts and Business Co-op

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