by the time the boys were born
we felt the heaviness of the world —
kept us from letting our minds walk away

and suddenly, i was staring 
at a face i didn’t recognize
we gave him a name
he eventually grew out of

& every evening we’ll trace some steps
he’ll ask “will i ever have a clear mind?”
as his eyes rake the sky
and mine at our shadows 
running long

“people die before their bodies do”

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