memory like an elephant

remembers a pale green building
in East LA

remembers late night rendezvous
in Long Beach

remembers a cliffside bench
in Corona del Mar

remembers love notes written
in closets

remembers wanton moments
in West Hollywood

remembers tenderness
in the Mojave Desert

remembers so much
too much

pours the memories
into poems, stories,
journal entries,
thousands of ramblings

and yet they come back

there is no emptying
no recycling

only holding

the weight is