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April 28, 2014 / austreberto

namesake (day twenty eight)



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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