THINK of a favorite place.
What time of year is it? What is the weather? What time of day?
Why did you choose this special spot? Have you been there often?
Did you recall it because of what you see, or because of what you feel there?
How does this place shape your experience?
Where is it lodged in your memory?
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WHAT REMAINS of our conversation?
Can I repeat it?
Family and friends at first;
the river; traveling to Maine;
the viruses, real and metaphorical, stalking our democracy;
at last: apples, art, and architecture.
What has already changed? What will be different in a week?
How much have I forgotten?
How was our conversation shaped by warm air, rumbling trucks, cup of tea;
nudging dog, floating monarch initially mistaken for a leaf;
two women who stopped to chat as they were passing?
What was left unsaid? What cannot be said?
What do I retain of your lively mind, your generous smile, and the love we share?