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They rise up, like bubbles

from the depth of an ocean,

and materialize in my brain.

Memories never leave me alone.

Recurring every now and then

at a familiar place, a familiar face

or a faint scent.

Reminding me of an era

that seems older than myself.

Memories never leave me alone.

Transporting me, momentarily,

into a city of ruined trust,

a graveyard of smothered emotions

where ghosts of strangers call me out.

Memories never leave me alone.

-Iflah Laraib

 

 

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