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Moniq Bautista

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reminder

by

Moniq Bautista

i've gotten into the habit of
naming poems after your memory
perhaps aware of how generic
they would eventually become,
like how grainy your smile has grown
leaking out from
second-hand moments
i have hoarded over the years.

poems are more enduring,
something powerful that
i can own
like stacks of flaking photos
diluted by sentiment,
thinned by pride
but still as potent as
the day they were born.