Keeping track of the past


I retain all the restaurant bills
        and museum and cinema tickets

as markers in the books I read
        I know that on 10 February 2017
we paid a visit to the Guggenheim
        on that magical trip to Venice
: there there were the de Koonings
        that we both admired

The heiress Peggy Guggenheim
        who collected
writers and artists
and artworks
of all kinds : and we
        who created our own
intimate collection
of words to describe who we were
        such as walkers and talkers
and so much more
So I always know
        for certain precisely where we once
were but
today I really don’t know
        where exactly you are now

John Lyons


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