Friday, May 19, 2017


Annie Louise Twitchell

There's something I have to say
I have to say
I have to say

I don't remember what it is
The thoughts slipped through my mind -
Curse this sieve that is my brain! -
And I can't remember -
can't remember.
I can't remember.

I have to find the words.
Back track,
walk through the house,
back to the kitchen where I was when
I realized that I had something to say.
I was grinding pepper into the pot of chicken soup.
Grind some more -
too much pepper,
still no memory

There is something I have to say!
But I can't remember the words.
Words are so much a part of me
that I take them for granted
the same way I take myself for granted.
I forget them the same way I forget myself.
The words are gone and
all that's left is a racing, raging sense of urgency.
Something I have to say -
I have to say

I don't know what it was that I had to say,
and I can't think of anything else;
just those words that I can almost taste
but can't remember.

There was something I wanted to say.
Something I needed to say.
And all I can remember is,
I love you.

Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell
Video by Kathy Twitchell