Memories

Memories

Memories are cups of tea

shared between friends:

moments of joy

to wrap cold hands around

when the snow comes.

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Memories are ghosts

the way they drift behind you –

you stop and shiver

and your eyes no longer see.

All the might-have-beens and lost chances

come crying in the night:

"Why did you abandon me?"

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Memories are roses

dried between the pages of your heart,

long dried and brittle,

yet retaining a hint

of the beautiful, bittersweet fragrance

of long ago.