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May 26, 2014 / austreberto

all that we know

all that we know

 

we’re not quite walking encyclopedias

but we have the walking part down pat

sometimes

 

a few steps below the font of all knowledge

but we do know plenty

with our selective memories that have gotten us this far in our lives

 

we must be doing something right so far

 

i carry the childhood foods that i refused to eat

volumes 56 through 324

third edition

 

sauerkraut still remains at the top of that list since 1996

 

you have the recipe for the world’s best humble pie

that you never speak about

even knowing the secret ingredients

 

you hinted that it was a dash of humility

substituting reality for expectations

and garnished with disappointment

 

serve immediately

 

no need to remember the history outside of our grasps

no dates within these pages

because there are no pages

 

paper cuts are no longer a problem

 

i can recite every scab that i refused to leave alone

and the first time i drank pickle juice straight from the jar

 

it was sour and refreshing at the same time

 

we know nothing of foreign languages

 

it’s all greek to us

aside from the basics

 

at five

i created my own language

because i wanted to say and create beautiful things for things that i believed didn’t exist yet

to fill in the gaps and silences for every person who remained speechless when they saw something they couldn’t describe

 

though five year olds don’t have the highest of vocabularies

i still haven’t been able to describe half of the things i witness on a daily basis

 

you took my breath away

how can i get it back

 

stop asking questions for answers you already know

words of advice i needed to hear a long time ago

volume one

limited edition

signed

but not by the author

 

this book is well worn

traveled

though i’d like to see more of the world than i have in my dreams

especially the places i made up

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