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2020-08-05T14:55:42-04:00July 19th, 2020|Parenthood|

A million possible endings

You dove off the dock
without a life jacket
and then you asked to swim
all the way back to the beach

and I said
are you sure

because you’d never done it before
but then I jumped in
and swam beside you
holding your life jacket
in case you needed it.

The ocean felt so much deeper
and the beach felt miles away
and I played out the endings
in a million ways

whales
heart attacks
speedboats.

When you could finally
touch the bottom
you looked at me

and what I said was
I’m so proud of you

but as I lay on the hot black rocks
I realized I was just as proud of myself
for letting you go.

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