WOOL & DOWN
Remembering is the lining of forgetting.
—Chris Marker from San Soleil
Forgetting is a coat
I wear in winter.
It keeps the chill out.
It is my comfort during dark days.
But remembering is the wool
that makes the coat a coat,
makes it more than just a flimsy drape.
Forgetting is a cushion
I lay my head on
that eases the mind
and pillows me to sleep, to dream.
But remembering is the down
that makes the cushion a cushion,
makes it more than just an empty case.