Clifton King

Rookie - 50 Points (December 24,1943 / Long Beach, California)

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Sestina To My Daughter, And My Daughter's Daughter

My daughter was born in the morning,
following the sun into my heart
where I could not tell one from the other;
where love, saved and hidden away
for months could now be set free.
She, mere minutes old when I knew

what every father before me knew;
what every sunrise means to the morning
sky; why men wage war to be free.
Then, in what seemed like a heart-
beat, the school bus pulled away
that first day destined for the other

side of the world, or the other
end of the galaxy, for all I knew.
For years my child took me away
from the ...

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