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What is and What Would Be

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My unknown, 18-year-old father
Poses for his senior picture
Blue and white infused background
Old, beaten brown chair he poses with
Bright blue button-up shirt
Blends in with the background
His brown, wavy hair relaxes with out enthusiasm
his anxious face, frozen in that pose

I often stare at this picture and wonder -
What would my life be like if he had never left?
what drove him to his decision?
So I sit and write this poem,
Looking at the only picture of my father.





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