Deja Vu

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We glimpse some common object
or catch a stray scent,
and we are hurled back,
arriving in our past
the same instant we are retrieved,
as if the mind,
noting the discrepancy,
corrects itself.

Memories are not snapshots
waiting for us in the brain’s dark folds.
We live them again,
one neuron sparking another
and another, the original band
reunited, setting a flimsy stage
on which we reappear.

This happens so fast
that sometimes we don’t know
where we went.
All we are given is the receipt:
a teasing brush of joy
we try to keep
and lose at once.

 

 

Photo by JR Korpa on Unsplash

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Jean Ryan

Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Lillian, Alabama. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. Her short story collections, SURVIVAL SKILLS and LOVERS AND LONERS, are available online. STRANGE COMPANY, a collection of short nature essays, is available in paperback as well as digital and audio editions.

4 thoughts on “Deja Vu

  1. Good Sunday Morning to you, Jean! I am always so impressed by how much you offer as you guide your loyal Readers into new areas of thought and perception. In this poem you set out the eloquence of what a memory is in a quantum timeline. There is a whole theory on synchronicity as it relates to memories; leave it to you to so beautifully craft a poem that pushes that theory into the light. Brava! My Sunday morning is richer having just read your poem. Thank you, Jean Ryan! XOXO

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