It’s her job to remember everything,
(Lunches, birthdays of distant aunts, school plays,
Where you put the wrapping paper left over from last year.)
And in remembering everything,
(cut off the crusts, the tenth of November, Wednesday night 7.30pm sharp don’t forget to fashion an elaborate costume from a cereal box)
all the things she used to remember
before she had to remember where you put the wrapping paper
left over from last year.