Saturday, October 12, 2019

Lethe- The River & Godess of Forgetting

The Goddess of Forgetting, Monotype Print by Brian Fisher
"Long ago you kissed the names of the nine muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue
or even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall

well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle."

From the poem “Forgetfulness” and the book of poems - Questions About Angels, by Billy Collins.

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