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Starlight | Poem

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My father stands in the warm evening

on the porch of my first house.

I am four years old and growing tired.

I see his head among the stars,

the glow of his cigarette, redder

than the summer moon riding

low over the old neighborhood. We

are alone, and he asks me if I am happy.

"Are you happy?" I cannot answer

I do not really understand the word,

and the voice, my father's voice, is not

his voice, but somehow thick and choked,

a voice I have not heard before, but

heard often since. He bends and passes

a thumb beneath each of my eyes.

The cigarette is gone, but I can small

the tiredness that hangs on his breath.

He has found nothing, and he smiles

and holds my head with both his hands.

Then he lifts me to his shoulder,

and now I too am...

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