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Leah

Fathers never imagine cradles   †
rooting as crypts; † † † †  
wooden limbs returning † † † †
as conduits through dirt
to rock in the bough  † †  
† † † †  
Worn monument of teddy bear † † † †  
its fur skeletal from handling; † † † †
last button-eye dangling † † † †
its all-seeing childhood gone † † † †  
† † † †  
A vast nothingness reverberates † † † †
through an empty chest; † † † †  
her stripped Hospice mattress † † † †  
rested on a ribbed mindset: † † † † †
† † † †  
What if, what if, what if † † † †
it was me instead
. . . † † † †  
† † † †  
Despite distance, that strange † † † †  
space of stretched minutes † † † †  
her voice was always within reach † † † †
as long as she was breathing; † † † †
† † † †  
in a physical sense -- † † † †
† † † †  
Leah; closer than the moment † † † †
you released her into existence † † † †
from a double-helixed DNA † † † †  
to form her own carbon footstep: † † † †
† † † †  
An extension of Created Being † † † †  
over someone who never lived † † † †
to drink music and memories †† † † †  
from the streets of New York † † † †  
† † † †  
Grateful for the experience, she is † † † †
and considered you a God, Dad † † † †
† † † †
Can you feel her presence† † † †
replacing that nothingness
over what might never have been† † † †
† † † †  
~ †
Ahavati
Written by Ahavati
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