The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of,
as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
"I always marvel at the humans’ ability to keep going. They always manage to stagger on even with tears streaming down their faces."
"There is a time and place for decaf coffee. Never and in the trash."