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"memories i wish we didn't share" by Maya Beninteso


Title image shows water in the foreground, a science building and apartments in the background.

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Published May 1st, 2023

memories i wish we didn't share

by Maya Beninteso
(Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)

ashes emanate from these pages
destitute pyrography
heart blackened
with an antarctic mind
it dawns on me,
and the light bulb shatters

we spoke about our pasts
in nameless theories,
rough sketches,
how naïve –
theories, artworks,
possess titles, names,
and like water,
they possess memory.

loathing that our memories share
the outline of your silhouette
the grace of your laughter
your hands, bodies intertwined

the ashes of these pages settle,
now possessing a new memory
my memory, dampened and stained
then, it dawns on me,
and the light bulb shatters

you are mine
but at some point
you were hers, too

Maya Beninteso (she/her) is a third-year undergraduate student, and pun-lover, working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. When Maya isn't studying, she immerses herself in writing. Not only can you find her writing for leisure, but Maya further writes for Simon Fraser University's student newspaper, The Peak.

This poem is included in Poetry World #6, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Vancouver Poetry Magazine:
An Unlikely Cure for Nausea

by Shannon Lodoen

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