‘Over an Over’ by Ray Cates

so I became a child again

and soon forgot

all that was before

lusts and musts

and the world was

of mothers

theirs and mine

how far

one is allowed
to go

what there is

to know

innocence

and how to pray

the right grammar

in what to say

master the A,B,C’s

then multiplication tables

and somehow I remember somewhere

in the mix

before prom night

all of before

slips by

first love

and in your honeymoon

by the sea

you can’t help

but think

‘I’ve seen this before’

as the waves

crash the shore

but you always lived

far inland

and your wife says

“What a vivid imagination

dear”

after that

you dream

of stories

tales of ten thousand

lives

and in time

struggle

with grandchildren

and when the

hospital doctor

is shaking his head over you

giving that grim look

you look away

and dream

imagine

the new story

and excited mothers

mother

and her new

crying

child.

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