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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

 

treading

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

others

unfortunately

would follow

and teach their kids the same way

 

others

like us

got lucky

realized

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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