faceblind

there must have been
a moment when
i first saw
this person you are

i remember you
truly i do
whether i shook your paw
or chatted from afar

but here’s the thing
to admit it does sting
i couldn’t draw
each freckle or scar

the you i think i know
i wouldn’t be able to show
any semblance of likeness
sketched with pencil or char

many moments i recall
fragments i remember
pieces of you i recollect
barely a sketchy avatar

i hope you don’t mind
but perhaps i’m faceblind
i’ve seen your smile, beheld your eyes
but in my memory you’re in disguise

your face is like the ocean
i haven’t the faintest notion
swimming swimming
in this ocean brimming

adrift upon this sea of nope
i chance upon an island of hope
an anchor on which to snag
a mast on which to raise a flag

perhaps i know your nose
or maybe your patented pose
alas, as i try to remember more
i am adrift, no sight of shore

your face is like the ocean
i haven’t the faintest notion
swimming swimming
in this ocean brimming

your face is like a trusted book
that’s hidden in a secret nook
locked in my mind’s library
deep in stacks i cannot see

your face is like a familiar page
of a book written by a sage
so many words are written there
i stand agape, can only stare

what is this prosopagnosia
but some facial amnesia
so i try, i try to read you
each time i see you

i notice your clothes and stare
i take a good look at your hair
distracted by these notes
jotted in the margins

clinging to the coastlines of the page
i cannot see the sea at the center
so many words like waves a-rage
the story of your face is washed away

i remember details so few
i know what i must do
i resolve to look at you anew
i shall notice the true you

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About Brad Werner

Technical Evangelist
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