Shards of Memory

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a piece of broken ceramic, metal, glass, or rock, typically having sharp edges

They are like a shard of pottery, these bits of memory. I brush them clean with a soft brush. I handle them only with gloves. I store them in my field pack hoping to study them and discover more about who I am and how I got this way. They seem to lift themselves randomly from the deeper places in the fields of memory. They are clues to help answer the question I learned from a Australian trappers he taught us how to read evidence in the forest. The constant inquiry is, "What happened here?"


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