Awkward

Chance encounter,
a simple “hello”,
and I reel
backwards,
grasping…

blank

the mind a trickster,
memory inaccessible,
panic pulses

a response…

hovers

out of reach

expectancy
a deadline…

Am I smiling?
Or just an inert fool,
this brain fog
a cruel master.

(Ran into an old friend today.  Could not remember her name, nor where I knew her from, only that we knew each other quite well.  This is has been happening frequently – maybe as I get out more.  Very disconcerting.

Prompts today are from Fandango:  deadline; Ragtag Community: pulse; and Daily Addictions: access.)

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22 comments

  1. I take my dog with me almost everywhere I go. He’s a typical Labrador- and in his case doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and likes people ( more then I did for awhile ). So I sort of follow his lead and find it’s easy to connect with people I meet when I’m out and about.

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  2. That’s happened to me as well with no plausible reason why. At one point, I thought of calling my memoir “So Many Faces, So Few Names”. Now I smile warmly, sometimes say I’m sorry but I don’t remember your name, sometimes just carry on with a conversation. If my husband’s on the ball, he introduces himself and extends his hand to shake. This usually elicits the other person’s name. I do the same for him. Mostly I just focus on being kind.

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