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Then there was that other photo
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Of my mother in her other life.
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before I arrived.
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Smiling at a man I never knew or saw,
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who was holding her bag, a string bag,
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that I couldn’t see inside,
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as that part of the picture was flawed.
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I once saw my father
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hold up that bag to the light,
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rubbing his eyes,
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as he tried to make out what was there,
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beyond the blur.
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1 Feb 19


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