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Kalie Played Clarinet On
Friday, Got Sick.

Kalie played clarinet on Friday, (and) got sick.
Is that all you are now, a whimsical rhyme from another time?
I mean, it's a useful one, for sure it helps me remember things.

Convenient, right? That's what you are.
Not only a memory, but a convenient one.

I wonder if you remember me.
Probably not.
Well, to be honest, I'm a little jealous.
While you're over there not remembering me
I'm stuck here with a suitcase full of memories.

I miss things, you know.
I miss the finite horizons that ended with dark green trees
and the quaint little downtown.
I miss the glittering snow on the ground
and the rocky waterfront.

That rocky waterfront.
The beaches here are too smooth, too sunny.
The broken beaches back home had something special, unfinished.
Maybe that was like us unfinished.
Maybe I liked those beaches back in Washington, because nothing ever ends.

And maybe I'll remember you for something more than a stupid little rhyme.

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