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April 28, 2014 / austreberto

namesake (day twenty eight)

namesake

 

he gave me so much

without ever meeting me

 

passed away years before my birth

 

not even tied by blood

 

and yet

i can’t imagine ever turning out the same

if it weren’t for sharing his name

as if naming someone sets them down a certain path

setting them up for the same decisions

but the outcomes are up to us to choose

 

not quite a reincarnation

if such a thing existed

but pretty close

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