On Forgetting by Farai Chaka

Farai Chaka | August 30th, 2022 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

I have this dream where l sit in a room
and everything around me curls and bends

into the sinister nightmare called forgotten memory
who are these children laughing, taking my hands

into their own, what is the name of this song
– you’re in my blood like holy wine, you taste

so bitter and so sweet –
what is the name of this forgetting body

And so l awake, and the sunlight screams at me
that death is the same as forgetting everything

and from beyond the bedroom walls comes the sound
of sizzling oil, and the loud arguing

of a daughter and son

*Note

The line “you’re in my blood like holy wine, you taste so bitter and so sweet” is from the song A Case Of You by Joni Mitchell

Poet Bio

Farai Chaka is an aspiring writer from Harare, Zimbabwe. He is an avid reader who also enjoys long walks and horror shows. He is currently in his first year at university.

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