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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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