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I remember a waiting room
but not the color of the walls.

I remember a nurse
but not what she looked like.

I remember a gurney
but not how it got there.

I remember a sheet
but not who removed it.

I remember talking
but not what I said.

I remember smoothing her hair
but not when I kissed her.

I remember her blue and white dress
but not if she wore perfume.

I remember touching her hands
holding nothing.

2004 Miriam N. Kotzin
"Checklist" was published in Open Wide, issue 11, July, 2004.

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