“Do You Remember Where You Came From?” by Ace Boggess

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“Do You Remember Where You Came From?”

William Stafford, “Climbing Along the River” 

Only fragments. Mud & creek beds:
at family reunions catching salamanders
in cups because I felt isolated from those
to whom I should be closest.
I have nothing in common with family,
nothing in common with my past.
I’m like a bluegill that can’t recall
it fell for the hook trick once.
Only a murky hint of steel jabs at me
from childhood. Only ghosts. Only
only. Did I have friends? Who’s to say?
Neither I nor they present the past
in a jewel case like a mixtape.
I came from music. I know that—
the sounds were where I hid
when voices of others grew too loud.
Only earworms—all of my youth I praise.
Only a kind of silence built from song.

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Ace Boggess

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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