Pt. 2 In A Series by Reuben Scott

So if not me, remember this

    untitled word ribbon,

       tied up in all the gloom

           of this one borrowed line:

You should remember me.

You, who I’m sure adored


           Told me to be bigger,

enormous and worth speaking of.

So, why my name rings no bell

I can’t say;

           there is shrinking

           and there is distance,

           there are misremembered lyrics,

but a name, once so often nearby,

ringing all of your bells, all up in

           your life,

           should be at least remembered,

           if not tied in red ribbons.

Mine is immune to age,

yet sick in some way.

To be forgettable, I now know

is the death of all names.

      So I might name it at the end,

           like this veil finally lifted,

then you’ll be listening for the name:

Old Words No Different

Reuben Scott is a 22 year old musician and English Honours student at the

University of Otago. His writing for Dunedin punk four-piece Three Quarter Marathon has

landed two of the band’s songs, Caught and Wonderment, in Radio One’s top eleven chart for

more than seven weeks consecutively.