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  1. Pemmaraju, Naveen MD

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Modern Day Photographic Memory

The reason why

 

I take so many pictures nowadays

 

Is because three days after you died in that ICU bed,

 

After your spirit suddenly left your body

 

And your physical presence here on earth was no more

 

I abruptly realized

 

And was shaken to my very core to find out

 

That in all the many years we had known each other,

 

And throughout all of the wonderful times we shared together

 

And despite all of the countless thousands of other pics we were in with others

 

That there was not a single photograph of just the two of us

 

Not a single picture, blog post, meme, JPEG, social media entry,

 

Of just you and me,

 

Not a one smart phone pic, candid photo, or digital image

 

To record our lovely friendship

 

For the sake of posterity and beyond.

 

Since the corrosive sadness I had felt that day,

 

Without that one picture of you and me to cherish, to treasure, to share,

 

I now spend my days

 

Obsessively trying to document and faithfully record

 

Smiling visages of friends and their friends of friends

 

In a glimmering sprinkle of hope

 

That I may not lose another chance

 

For modern day photographic memory

 

Naveen Pemmaraju, MD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Leukemia at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

  
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