Afterglow

I wish I could remember what I know
You stand there with a smile kind and pure
Your nearness seems familiar, almost

You say I used to know you years ago
A friend or foe? Of which I can’t be sure
I wish I could remember what I know

I hope you’re not a friend that I’ve outgrown—
You gently place my two frail hands in yours
Your nearness seems familiar, almost

The mem’ry slowly dawns like morning glow
It is my love— the leaking light ensures
I wish I could remember what I know

I share my heart and try not to let go
But with my tears leave memories endured
Your nearness seems familiar, almost

To know I do not know what I should know
My irony that doesn’t have a cure
I wish I could remember what I know
Your nearness seems familiar, almost

Alise W. Condie is a senior at Utah State University pursuing a degree in English-- a subject she grew to love in high school. She is a pre-med student whose lifelong dream has been to become a physician. In addition to working in the public health realm, Alise has worked as a caretaker for hospice patients for the last few years, and has been inspired by the strength and resiliency of her patients and their family members. Alise enjoys running, thrifting, and cooking in her spare time.


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2021 Poem, "Afterglow"