in memory of {poem}

i cannot remember
…the thought trails off.

she is spooning oatmeal into my mouth now.
the cold metal of the spoon against my lips
warm soupy distasteful

i cannot remember


when i was younger
there was a time. believe it

and i looked out the window and waited for something to arrive.


i wonder

sitting in front of the cheap acrylic lace curtains

did that eternal dream ever show up on my doorstep as expected?
i do not know

…i cannot remember

and not knowing

feels good to my flesh

it is mercy
photo by Victor via Flickr (Creative Commons)


Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, and, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.