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Better to remember this than me by Susie Sweetland Garay

I found an old book
with a photo inside
of the ocean and a
pair of bare feet
and an inscription
that wasn’t meant for me,

but that I love.

“Better to remember
this then me” it says

and I think how a gift
from a stranger can be
so much easier to treasure.

You give gifts. But they
are not what I asked for.
Not what I need.

But this is not what I want to say.

It is grey outside today
full of clouds and rain
and it makes the earth
seem like it holds more
color than ever before.
The soil is the brownest
brown I have seen in ages
and the grass a most vibrant
green.

It’s almost not to be believed.

It makes me wonder if some
other force is at work in
our heads and eyeballs,
but I know the truth.

You can’t see the green without the grey.

I am like the green
and often go unseen.

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3 thoughts on “Better to remember this than me by Susie Sweetland Garay

  1. Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Susie received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Brigham Young University, spent some years in the Ohio Appalachians and currently lives in the Willamette Valley with her husband where she works in the Vineyard industry. She spends her free time writing, growing plants and making art. She has been published in a variety of journals, on line and in print, and co edits The Blue Hour Literary Magazine and Press, https://thebluehourmagazine.com/.

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