The ALMOST Anniversary

That ten-year marker is almost here

I’m not sure what that means, if anything.

Must everything be so intensely commemorated?

Is the amount of time past since an incident so important?

Is it because ‘time heals all wounds?’ Because it doesn’t.

So why keep track

Not every date of death belongs on the calendar.

For instance

We barely noticed that our hamster died.

Days must have passed before we realized.

And then another day before we bothered to confirm.

We were too busy trying to keep our new human alive.

So without much of a eulogy and no headstone

A six year old boy buried his pet in the dirt

He didn’t know what the date was

And that was that.


I want my ghost to be that hamster.