Recall waves bye
like a tired baby,
confusion puckering,
the right words already asleep,
unintelligible taking over.
No one seems to know why.

Maybe it’s the surgeries.
Maybe it’s the age.
Maybe it’s the strict stride
of burdensome time,
the hobble of gray matter
trying to keep up,
child reverting to crawling,
attempting to cruise,
only to fall on its bottom.

Or maybe it’s just how babies are,
crying when something leaves,
the favored blanket
that fell behind the couch.
If you can’t see it,
is it there?
If you can’t speak it,
was it ever?

Better to be prepared.
Assume it’s gone
and mourn.
If you’re lucky,
someone will help
you retrieve it.

Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has earned a living through content development and marketing. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored six books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac and Late April. She has been nominated twice for Poet Laureate of Prince William County, VA, received InsideNova's 2019 Best of Prince William award in the author category and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine. Katherine serves as president of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

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