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Monday, September 24, 2012

survivor


both fathers


sole survivors
of tragic wipe-out
of all else

each breathing man
crushed by fire
by water
snuffed out in seconds
but

the two fathers
left alone
to live long lives
that wander into sunset years
slow and steady

and

we the children
surprised by life
think of the fire and water
that our small cells
escaped so narrowly

we breathe
we breathe

-the story behind this is that both my husband's father and my father were sole survivors- one of a freak fire in a workplace, the other of a training plane crashing in WW2.