Miz Quickly’s 21 August

Sīmurgh and an army of birds attacks the spirit of the ocean, from Anvār-i Suhaylī or Lights of Canopus (1847)

The Reappearance of Errant Articles

I’m rewriting a grocery list
on a piece of paper.
I fold it.
Misplace it.
Rewrite it.

      Milk
      Eggs
      Rubbishy veg for soup

Seems there’s a river flowing
through me that washes my
memory away – not forever,
as if like wind, but just a meek
smallish river that cycles back
into rain, and returns.

And I reach into the pocket
of my apron, and there’s
the original list. I assume
that this apron is where
my errant memories go.

As for the apron, I don’t know
where it came from, and I can’t
remember buying it, and I can’t
recall it was a gift, so hey-ho.

Maybe that river gave it to me for
those memories I still have left.

Written for 21 August Miz Quickly’s Wearables A Sīmurgh and an army of birds attacks the spirit of the ocean, an illustration from Anvār-i Suhaylī or Lights of Canopus (ca. 1847), a Persian version of an ancient Indian collection of animal fables called the Panchatantra.⁠ Shared with @Miz_Quickly and @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter ©Misky 2021

8 responses to “Miz Quickly’s 21 August”

  1. I got a smile and a hearty dong of resonance out of your poem. Those errant things like to play more and more along the way.

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    1. I tell myself, Stop thinking about it and you’ll remember, which I usually do. 😁

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  2. Oh my. I remember playing with my grandmother’s aprons. I might have a few, but I don’t think any have pockets and I generally don’t wear them. 😀
    I like you magic apron 😀

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    1. When I cook, an apron is necessary! 😂😂

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  3. Lovely. This ebbs like a river and like memory. And so relatable,! Wonderful.

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    1. Thanks so much, worms. ☺️

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  4. A fun poem, Misk! Never wore an apron. Probably should.

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