at a distance

my son is in love with a woman
eight years younger than he is

like his great-grandfather who
never dreamed that the little
girl playing in the mud puddle
on the mining town streets he
had crossed an ocean to walk
would grow up to become the
love of his new American life

close up was everything and
nothing like what he expected

his life to be fair was filled with
hard work and multiple tender
joys here at this great distance
from all that he had known before
so he learned to look closely at
everything he cherished so his
eyes would be able to see it clearly

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Cinse Bonino

Cinse Bonino

Cinse, a former professor with a background in the psychology of human learning, writes nonstop, and is addicted to capturing the human experience in words.