Issue 9,  Poetry

Love and Alzheimer’s by Anannya Uberoi

We keep sipping on crystal
ware, tumblers coffee mugs,
pitchers, kettles – cafés
these days are creative with
crockery. You like blue and
green colored drinks, I like
pale stalks popping out of
mouths of wine bottles
splitting into tiny tendrils
between us – the pothos plant
thrives on neglect. I keep
forgetting to pick one up for
the kitchen, and you are
undecided; forget me nots
taped around mason jar
candles and sticky notes
clamped to fridge magnets are
quite my style of remembering
things. We keep meeting
halfway here, halfway there,
halfway through evenings
kissing in half rests of
pieces playing in dim lit
diners until we can hold back
no more. We keep going to the
same places because memory
follows, and familiarity is a
warm rib-knit scarf on a
winter walk.

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Anannya Uberoi is a full-time software engineer and part-time tea connoisseur based in Madrid. Her poems and short stories have appeared in JaggeryLandLockedDeep WildTiptonLapis Lazuli, Marías at Sampaguitas, and eFiction India. Her writing has also featured on The Delhi Walla and The Dewdrop, among other literary blogs.

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