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  • As a child I grew apart
    from those who tried to care for me
    grandparents all dying before me
    I lived without their blessing.

    I lived too without embrace & the affection of a father's love
    his skin to mine in the hand raised against a son's folly.
    My scolded mother lived convinced in his shadow
    a scolder in turn.

    An elder brother by five a perfect Cain.

    My father's worst enemy was failure
    & he never had best friends.
    He ruled us in the way that he was ruled.

    Orphaned to school & sport
    other kids' folks & outdoors
    I grew up on shores of adventure.

    In this way I've arrived thirsty & famished
    too much in need
    the man I try to appease.
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