Retrograde Amnesia and A Short History of All the Time We’ve Ever Spent Together

RETROGRADE AMNESIA



do you ever momentarily forget

where you are



and when you remember



you’re in your ex-fiance’s hedges 
taking pictures of his wife cooking

A SHORT HISTORY OF ALL THE TIME WE EVER SPENT TOGETHER



ONE



I saw you filling up your Prius at the Shell station

on the corner of fifth. Behind my sunglasses and hair

I quietly repeated your license plate number.



TWO



We ran into each other outside the door to the school

our children attend together. I made that face that says 

Sorry, I can’t remember your name. I have been

practicing that face. I am very good at making that face.



THREE



I know what the inside 

of your garage smells like.



FOUR



My friend Leslie has a car

with darker windows than mine 

so I borrowed it to drive

around your block last Saturday. 



I want to water your neighbor’s magnolias.



FIVE



You were going into Whole Foods in your grey 

toggle coat and I was in a rush but 

camped out in the liquor store across the street

so I might be able to see some of your purchases.



I thought about tailing you

but that would just be–



I saw the leaves of a fresh pineapple

sticking out the brown top bag. Sometimes

I imagine you slicing it open and sucking

the sweet juice from your fingers.


SIX



At home, scrolling through

your vacation pictures on Flickr.

You wear a bathing suit well.



The phone rings, and it’s not you.

Front page image by sergis blog.

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