On Memories and Imprints

There’s a politics to memory, in what is remembered, how it is remembered. I’m thinking about love when love is done with us, how memories won’t save us. But memories humanise, even when we’re out of love.

There’s the feeling, slight, that there was something more and that we do not now look as monstrous as we imagined we were when we left or were left.

I think the high points in my life will be each woman I’ve loved, in their bequests, their imprint on the paper of this world. These loves are the lines on which I make legible my story ongoing to ends I know nothing of.

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2 thoughts on “On Memories and Imprints”

  1. Richard, here is an interesting quote from my favorite author, Zora Neale Hurston, on the issue of remembering . . . or memory:
    “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.
    Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”
    (Their Eyes Were Watching God)

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