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Histories 7

by Chris Abani

As I grow older I want to hold my mother.

Hold her to my chest and soothe her.

Cradle her head that is small, thin as a sparrow’s,

and say, He loved you, he did.

All those years, they count for something.

And the only lie would be the not knowing.

And I am a man, too.

And like my father, bad, bad, bad.

from SanctificumFind it in the library

Copyright 2010 Chris Abani
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on behalf of Copper Canyon Press.

Published in Chris Abani Poems

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