i hold my great niece
seven week old mia monkey
with the wisdom of an older woman
34 having nearly raised twin sons
to the age of manhood
considering a life exuberantly lived
my eyes appreciate her face
with my mother’s visage
complete with our family dimple
my mother was the age i am now
when she gave birth to me
you have to want it more at this age
there exists no recklessness of youth
in the third decade
only the choice to be happy
to try
all this
as i count days on the calendar
i could do it right this time
and here we are
a chance to be anything again

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