August 3, 2010

Namesake (For My Grandfather)

by Ben Simon

All of my images of you are taken from one photo
With your balding round head and your thick beige frames
I took you for granted my initial decade
Now I wonder if I have inherited you
And if you are more than a namesake
You’ve been away longer than you were here
But during your time here you made an impact
I’m pondering what of that’s mine and what is just yours
As I glue in the details of my namesake’s forty years.


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