When she was five,

she saw her dad as he was.

When she was ten,

she saw him as others saw him.

When she was fifteen,

she saw him as she wished he was.

When she was twenty,

she saw less of him.

When she was thirty,

she saw through him—

as she had when she was five—

to the man he’d always been.


When he was thirty,

he’d held her in the crook of his arm.

When he was thirty-five,

he’d held her hand.

When he was forty,

he’d roughhoused with her.

When he was forty-five,

he’d stopped holding her.

When he was fifty,

he gave her away,

but still saw her as he always had:



Though he had let go of her hand,

he had always had her back.

She had known it,

long before she had ever seen it.



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