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I was born a husky boy
with a fringe of red hair

no doubt from your blood
or maybe dad’s. Who knows?

Not me. Maybe you do, maybe?
I mean, you wrote dad’s eyes

had the color of unknown.
Didn’t you look into his eyes?

How about mine? Did you neglect
him like me? Do you know

how often I slut-shame you?
You are the only one

mother I love, and when I dream,
I dream in your utero-language.

Mother, I got out of you.
Why won’t you get out of me?

Tom Holmes is the founding editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, and author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Cave, which won The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013, as well as four chapbooks. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break. Follow him on Twitter: @TheLineBreak

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