What I Remembered While I Was Forgetting Something Else

Today, I remembered
that the kids in my high school
used to play a card game
called Egyptian Rat Fuck.
The name popped into my head
while I was trying to remember
something else, though now
I forget what that was, and it seems
like there have been other times
just like this, though now I forget
what I remembered while I was
forgetting something else.
The net unravels even as
I patch it. It catches only
the least relevant fish, bony
and inedible, ridiculous. I didn’t
even intend to go fishing; I’m just
holding this net and need something
to occupy my hands while I try to
remember what I came here to do.

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Catching up. PAD Chapbook Challenge, Day 17. Prompt: an afflicted poem.

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2 thoughts on “What I Remembered While I Was Forgetting Something Else

  1. Thanks! So, you remember stupid, worthless stuff but forget important details, too? What is that? It drives me crazy. It’s like I’m filing away the wrong things and have no room for what I really wanted to save.

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