forgetting and waking

Buffalo Man and Lake Water Woman talk about forgetting

I am aggrieved by my forgetfulness. “I don’t want to forget you.” Not ever again.

Buffalo Man is untroubled. “Always you will forget. It is the second step in the cycle of remembering. It is important for you to forget.”

Still, it feels like betrayal to me, like abandonment. “I don’t want to lose you.” And what if I get stuck there, in forgetting?

“I will always come to you. I will always rouse you.”

It’s not his constancy I doubt. “How will I know you?”

“Everything vital in you will rise to greet me.”


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