James Tolan

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The Forest Of My Hair

I'm 28 years old in the flesh
but in a mirror all I can see
is a boy after his first crew cut,
five years old and wondering
what happened to his hair,

disbelieving it would ever
grow back, as the barber
and his grandfather promised,
while he wept, silently,
trembling air through his lips,
pointing at his hair
strewn across a tiled floor.

My grandfather unwrapped
sour balls for both of us, and,
leaving his Falcon behind,
walked with me to the woods.

These woods, he said, are yours.
They were mine, but I give them
to you. I...

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