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NauenThen

Poem

Family History

 

Hybrid or multi,

what are you,

my Welsh cousin asked

Jewish/English/white/not quite

 

Dad loved being first in his precinct

let me pull the lever

to clank closed the curtain

voting was Dad at his most profound

 

he believed in voting

as immigrants do

and in America

& in what we kids could do

 

I step into the shimmering pool

but there's no water, the concrete

sides wave in sunlight through willows

what I reach for isn't there

 

 

Is this finished? I dunno. Plopping it in here in order to get some distance. 

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