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Hello James by Jacqueline Henry Hill

memories hazy, shady shoddy scattered secrets
searching
train rides to mysterious stone castle
waiting
eyes peeled, hot breath on cold glass
examining
your visage in my looking glass

photograph, sepia,
sideways crooked smile
hat, pushed back from your shiny forehead
strong hands around my baby waist
mommy’s broad grin

anecdotes, broad and grainy
sunday library visits
hard hitter
hardy laughter

daughter, yearning and needy
escape, required
struggle, obligatory
fear, essential
anger, necessary

sixth decade
questions
quest for your essence amid mundane documents
invisible heart strings
unfinished father portrait

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