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July 25, 2012 / austreberto

padre

padre

 

i’ve been unknowingly following his footsteps

for a long time now

his long thoughtful strides

in this desert

where the sun never lets up

high noon

all day

 

i never intentioned to fill his shoes

they were always too big for me

despite having plenty of room to grow

even in my adult life

 

i take after him

more than I realize

all of his best qualities

 

his lack of surety

most days of the year

confidence issues

and the inability to believe in our own ability

(thank goodness for the sweet sweet beard he passed down to me)

 

but i also take after his ability to step forward

decide at crossroads

our roads have crossed more than once now

 

leaps of faith in ourselves

 

catching ourselves from high heaven falls

brushing ourselves off

and taking our time

with long thoughtful strides

in this desert

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