The day after my childhood self wouldn't leave the old house and cupboards, I sat in the dark with my boxes and these pretend grown-up versions of myself. I'm losing my favourite memory, I cant find the right side of paper but I will always flip the page. I know I am stuck. Still seeing the image of your skirts disappearing around old pine door frames, try to run after the hem to ask you where I left the right box. Can't even find the words to ask. Sometimes the last thing we ever get to say is “goodbye, old house”, we don't always get a chance to kiss it on the cheek before we leave. That nothing we lost once was inside you the whole time. I remember the private hospital rooms, we know that for that much money you have to switch of the part of you that won't stop dying. You still visit. You still visit in the form of robins following me home, of ghosts enclosed whispering in a space reserved, breath suspended in mid air, the very last one. I made a room of ghosts for you. And if I could have stopped time I would have paused it in the middle of this room.
Open the yellow memory box one last time.
Snippets of foundation year spoken word typed out. Themes: collection, loss, memory, home, moving house