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I’m Serious, Clark

before we wrote of
from birches to maples
and learning to accept
the strengths of each

before we spoke of
on white table cloths
and learning where to put
the fork

before we hoped for
acceptance, ourselves
from resurrected aspirations
and the distance between
now and now

before we told four
about taming a beast or burying the fire
beneath right now and right now
marked by some ritualistic complacency

before it all
we learned to build the Truth
by speaking the language of our parents
Posted 10/28/14
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