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Do You Remember?

April 28, 2016
By the-mormon-introvert GOLD, Alpine, Utah
the-mormon-introvert GOLD, Alpine, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Even when the dark comes crashing through, When you need a friend to carry you, And when you're broken on the ground, You will be found
--Evan Hansen, Dear Evan Hansen


Do you remember when we were in the fifth grade play?
You were the scary ogre, and I was the fairy princess you locked away
I remember when our parents came to see our small class production
The green mask hung around your neck instead of on your face like it was supposed to be
You'd complained it was too hot
But halfway through your lines, I couldn't resist
And so I reached out and fixed it while you were still speaking
You had laughed

Do you remember when you took me on our first date?
Your hands were shaking as you opened my car door, you stuttered as you talked
I remember I was just as nervous, but I pretended not to be
We were still teenagers then, you still had acne and I still had braces
But sitting there in that restaurant, eating french fries and laughing at jokes
I didn't care that we were young and naive, I realized I loved you
You had smiled

Do you remember when we got married?
You looked so fine in your black suit, and you said I was gorgeous in my white dress
I remember that I was so happy walking down the aisle, feeling lucky to be your bride
We said our vows and promised to love each other no matter what
You had kissed me

Do you remember when the doctors told us?
You were so excited he was going to be a boy
I was so scared of being a mother
But you coaxed me out of my fear, convinced me that a family would be the best thing for us
Maybe that's why it hurt so much when we lost him
Maybe that's why it hurt so much when they said we couldn't have anymore
You had cried

Do you remember when you retired?
You were so happy you didn't have work anymore
I was so glad I didn't have to be alone at home anymore
We walked through the park, laughing at jokes and eating french fries
Just like old times
You had been there

Do you remember when we found out?
You were scared, but you kept a happy face just for me
I had cried, I didn't want you to forget
It was hard, going through the years
Slowly and silently, you lost your memories
I was scared of putting you in a home, but you patted my hand and said it wouldn't change us
Do you remember?
I think you did, once long ago
But that was when you had been mine



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on May. 13 2016 at 9:48 am
the-mormon-introvert GOLD, Alpine, Utah
11 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
Even when the dark comes crashing through, When you need a friend to carry you, And when you're broken on the ground, You will be found
--Evan Hansen, Dear Evan Hansen

Thank you so much! This is the most sincere comment I've ever received on any of my poems! You are correct, the narrator's husband does have Alzheimer's, and I'm glad you caught onto that. I was sort of worried I was being too vague! Thanks for the feedback, it really helps :)

on May. 13 2016 at 8:48 am
BrightStar24 SILVER, Falls Church, Virginia
8 articles 5 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

This is so good! It's really sad but you have written it well. I like how as the story continues, the reader slowly realizes the purpose of the title and the whole reason for the poem. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the narrator's husband has Alzheimer's. Such a beautiful poem. Really great job. Tugs at the heart-strings.


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