I stand at the counter
working to peel
the sticky little label
from an apple
not always easy

so it is when I pick
at memory’s edge
a fingernail helps—
with small incursions
I raise a corner
and the recollection
peels back

images flood in—
just like the apple
some are crisp
ready to slice and chew
I uncover rotten spots,
and excise those, too

an apple a day
keeps the doctor away

does this apply
to memory? does
the saying hold true?

2023 ©Amrita Skye Blaine
I’m writing a poem a day. These are drafts—not final versions.

4 thoughts on “revealing

  1. penelopebutterfieldyoung

    I love so many of your poems. I look forward to your book of poems to savor over and over again, friend!


  2. Sylvia Tepper

    I love this one. It speaks to me. I am taking a more serious turn at writing my book about my deaf/blind cousin and our time together and I¹m trying to remember details that are just kinda hidden under that sticker. You nailed it. I¹m smiling. Have a beautiful day. Thanks for your poetry. XO Sylvia


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