Monday, April 4, 2011

how far away it was / ray heinrich

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i'm standing over my father
in the hospital
he's stopped breathing
i'm holding his neck
and shoulder
and i've been rubbing them
because he always liked that
and it's the best i can do
while i'm waiting for him to die

waiting for his next breath

and it comes

and another

and then

i'm waiting for his next breath again

and i count

one thousand and one
one thousand and two
one thousand and three

like he taught me
standing in our garage
watching a thunderstorm
on the gulf coast of texas
when i was maybe six
he taught me to count
between the lightning flash and the thunder
taught me to figure out
how far away it was

ray heinrich
Texas, U.S.A.

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