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Greg Moglia
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Editor’s Note:Greg Moglia was nominated for a Pushcart Prize 2005 and published in the Best New Poets of 2006 anthology.

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Chest. 2010;138(4):1018. doi:10.1378/chest.09-2471
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Here’s Dad on his birthday
I tell him his age
He says  Yeah.. 96… already
He looks at me says
Ok, then that would make
Mama and Papa how old?
They must be at least 10 years older
Makes then 106…108…?
Yes I say, death no longer mentioned
Dad always strong in Math can add 10
But the idea of 10 year old parents…gone
Gone is age…gone the details of his life
His mind in the flow of a school kid
I need to stay there with him
Let wiped out stay wiped out but
Father if I could just chase down
The lost days for you…the lost years
Bring them back
But it’s more important
To be your son
no more no less


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