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June 15, 2012 / austreberto

shallow waters

shallow waters


they wanted to teach us how to swim

so they threw us over the docks



we hadn’t learned how to breathe water yet

no gills

despite our parents drinking like fish


hadn’t passed that trait down to us


we would later learn what that phrase really meant



would follow

and teach their kids the same way



like us

got lucky


we could just stand

in the waist high waters

that life didn’t have to be so difficult for us and others


the sand

it felt funny between our toes


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