Same Name, Different Man




I’m named for someone

I no longer know


My father used to be a man

Who had this name

And skin

A similar color


But now he’s bearded

With a different body


And people tell us

We look alike

Because of our hair

And disdain for smiling

Which used to annoy

But now amuses me

Although not enough

To ever make me smile

At them




© Gayle Force Press 2003


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