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Family Palms

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I meet him halfway,
in a café
between his home and mine.

My heart rants and rails,
impaled, yet veiled.
We walk slowly—at first—
then we run.
Overwhelmed—together.

He wears a tweed jacket,
rough and fragrant;
hugs me close
like we’ve known each other always.

Inside the café, we can’t stop,
can’t stop talking,
—talking—
until I notice his hands,
his hands.

I take his in my own,
turn it palm upwards
—mine too—
there’s no doubt:
carbon copies.
Father and daughter meet at last.

Hands revealed.
Hearts unveiled
in the palms of our hands

Polly Stretton © 2020

napowrimo #10