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 Posted: Sun Jul 31st, 2011 12:04 am
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My father’s herringbone coat hangs behind
the door of my unlatched closet

I sometimes wear this coat when
the urge to reminisce overcomes

A younger man, stopping me
on the street, asks,
“Where did you get a coat
like that?”

I answer it was my father’s herringbone
coat, my father who is now dead;
the younger man pauses, hangs his head,
and moves on without speaking

In the inside pocket, I find
a list of projects my father wanted
to complete, but never did

In fact, thinking back,
there was a list of everything
he could have done; more
of what he should have
understood

My father’s herringbone coat hangs behind
the door of my unlatched closet

I sometimes wear this coat when
the urge to remember overcomes;

this is just one way most of us remember
others—

by wearing coats we have taken
to be our own

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 Posted: Thu Dec 29th, 2011 04:50 am
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In the inside pocket, I find
a list of projects my father wanted
to complete, but never did


Timmy, would you not finish the list for him, I'm sure he would be delighted if you did

Potabasil

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 Posted: Thu Dec 29th, 2011 02:47 pm
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Like father, like son ;)

(We must be on the same plane, Potabasil...I just sent this one off to try and get published. I'll let you know how it goes)

timmy

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