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I Couldn't Catch That

Kushal Poddar

Spring, 2023

From some drawer a chronograph

I forgot beeps one o'clock.

The concept of AM and PM eludes me.

The meds aid to forget. Their purpose

is peace, albeit sometimes

it would have been nice to remember

if I have watered the garden

or if it has rained today. The watch beeps

again. What does trigger that function?

I cannot remember if I need a reason,

if I desire its guidance.

I hear my old man fart in the room adjacent.

His phone's AI comes alive, asks, "I

couldn't catch that. Will you like to know

the time now?" It seems nice to know certain things,

and then memory touches my heart- my father

has expired last spring.

Kushal is the author of 'Postmarked Quarantine' and has eight books to his credit. He is a journalist, father, and the editor of 'Words Surfacing’. His works have been translated into twelve languages.

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