An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine

Some Days Begin Like This

by Tara Skurtu

The fear of forgetting I am well
crawls into my mouth like a word
that regrets being spoken;
it presses sour phrases against
my teeth, tongue, and gums.
I want to tell it stop,
that I am well,
that my blood is my blood.
But as I’m ready to swallow,
it wedges another phrase
onto the back of my tongue—
something about the flawlessness
of the antibody’s memory,
how it never forgets
the image of the mother
that abandoned it here.

first published in Salamander
also included in Skurtu's new book The Amoeba Game (Eyewear Publishing)



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