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AROUND THE SQUARE
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 • Posted June 16, 2010

Blank.

I got nothing.

Not a thing.

My mind’s blank.

Like clear sky.

Smooth sailing ahead.

Not a splash or a ripple.

Nothing there.

Nothing but the hereafter.

As in, "What did I come in here after?"

Benjie’s has a greeting card with that exact sentiment.

Surprised they haven’t sold out.

Plenty of us know all too well about "the hereafter."

We go blank.

For awhile.

Maybe a few seconds.

Not Alzheimer’s.

"Sometimers," my mother used to call it.

Or maybe it’s a few hours.

Totally blank.

The word we want fails us.

Or the person’s name.

Even though we know them.

Perhaps see them daily.

Whoosh.

Gone.

Nothing.

Nada.

Zilch.

Zip.

Zero.

We’re suddenly thought-free.

Plunged into unknowing.

Like being thrown into a lake.

And sinking.

At some point the mind resurfaces.

And recalls.

Sometimes in the middle of the night.

Saved once again!

There’s ways to work the brain.

Puzzles and problems to solve.

Games, too.

Bridge and Scrabble come to mind.

And supposedly help.

Crossword puzzles.

Jig-saw puzzles.

Learning a foreign language.

Or how to play a musical instrument.

All reputed to be grist for the mental mill.

So grind away.

(Now what DID I come in here after?)

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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