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Manuel Odeny

My Father’s Son

when I was still a baby boy
obsessed, thrilled with dark night sky
father said, shut your eyes tightly
then sailed I into dark night sky
dreaming of my arms
dipping in deep, dark-blue velvety
palpating golden sheen of the golden full moon
snatching twinkling stars.


i fell like lead
just before hard ground
to my father’s arms- veinated, calloused
his chirped nails safely grabbed
i opened my eyes
stretching my empty arms, pink nails
for a earnest glimpse of

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