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The Emergence of Memory, 1

His unset eyes — containing water — become expression, or color. 
They cloud in changing — though the change is never marked, it 
may eventually be seen.

The cloud is green

His hand is light

He watches this first finding — pulling a hand in and out of a living 
channel.
His newness betokens him all color. He passes through color — 
setting each resonance for light.

The sound includes experience which is remembered, though from 
not remote occasions, which swell upon his passing. Looking up with 
different thought filled hands.

Why then does experience comb the onlooker away from the child, 
when the child includes changing eyes in every picture?

Credit


Copyright © 2005 by Laynie Browne. From Drawing of a Swan before Memory. Reprinted with permission of the University of Georgia Press.

Author


Laynie Browne

Laynie Browne is the author of more than ten collections of poetry, most recently, You Envelop Me (Omnidawn, 2017).

Date Published: 2005-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/emergence-memory-1