Poem

“My Almost-Daughter, My Nearly-Was Son”

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Those overtime nights in the ice factory, eyeing gauges, greasing gears: that’s one thing. And the hours of clarinet lessons.

All that rain that blathered on the patio, leaves
lifting and twisting, a demented semaphore. I hired myself

to crack that code, kept busy not conceiving you. I peopled
the past, got safely sad about that. I hammered together

I was frugal, I made you wait till you grew
into the idea of waiting. See? These words hurt no one.

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