"My Almost-Daughter, My Nearly-Was Son"

"My Almost-Daughter, My Nearly-Was Son"

"My Almost-Daughter, My Nearly-Was Son"

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Nov. 14 2006 12:43 AM

"My Almost-Daughter, My Nearly-Was Son"

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Those overtime nights in the ice factory, eyeing gauges, greasing gears: that's one thing. And the hours of clarinet lessons.

All that rain that blathered on the patio, leaves
lifting and twisting, a demented semaphore. I hired myself

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to crack that code, kept busy not conceiving you. I peopled
the past, got safely sad about that. I hammered together

a hut in the back of my brain to crawl inside and rest
from the labor of making it. My almost-daughter, my nearly-was son,

I was frugal, I made you wait till you grew
into the idea of waiting. See? These words hurt no one.