Faces, Decontextualized

episodically

faces from the past

(when she was a whole person,

not this brightly colored

amiable hologram)

stumble upon

her

hidden in plain sight

inadvertently blasting

gashes

in her composure

 

she swallows the panic

imagined awkwarding

shrugs imperceptibly

shouldering back

shifting ever-present

cloak of shame

 

brightly, uncued

“how may I help you?”

 

astute, registers

lack of recognition

 

in dementia clouded eyes

a faint flicker

can’t see past

the internal cumulus

to place her

momentary relief

hastily chased

by crushing sorrow

and humble gratitude

 

her fate, at least

has reversibility

 

clear-eyed interloper

assumes any

twinge of familiarity

setting abides

 

she is practiced at this

pretending she wasn’t

witness to

someone’s darkest hours

 

superficiality managed

she sighs relief

gratified to note

evident functionality

vestiges of her efforts

beneficial

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