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How To Capture Memories Without Pictures

is by closing your eyes and breathing in
moments as scents, to save voices in the
silent places we carry in our bodies
and plant memories in words, that is where
they grow into the lines on your palm and
stretch into your being until forgetting
has the pain of a nerve torn from your
body & poems, hide a minute of laughter
in a metaphor of two words, your
daughter’s first steps in a simile of
two words, stuff moments into stanzas,
life into lines, that is how you make
memories small enough to be carried in
tote bags, hung on shoulders, how to learn
that remembering should never be a task.
Start a memory like a story, a story like
a memory, separation is a burden you will
never be able to bear, let them run together
as a man and his shadow do, end a
paragraph for every time you fell silent
and a comma for every time you paused
to say a prayer.

Born in Lagos in 1999, Amal-Sobur Adedokun writes poems about towns and cities and all the questions that plague his mind moving from one to another. He is a student of Civil Engineering in the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He travels, reads and plays taekwondo.

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