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My great-grandfather

who cannot say I love you
is standing in the doorway
he has stood in for six months
staring at his son
slumped in the corner, contorted
from polio and pain,
squeezing his eyes shut and crying
like he did on the day he was born:
hot tears, red cheeks, swollen eyelids,
face scrunched up and ugly and more beautiful
than anything else that ever existed
and my great-grandfather opens his mouth
and says: get up, boy,
no son of mine is going to be a cripple.

February 2011

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