Transplant: Fractal as Surrender

Surrender

A two lane highway somewhere
between Yellowstone and Cody
beside the Shoshone River
I lay down my dream of family

From a boat out of Providence
my sister and brother release
our father’s remains
into the Narragansett, ash to salt

Amid terrain as steep as my heart aches,
I rise in the Big Horn Mountains
higher than I’ve ever been before
and remember, holding his last words to me:

Well kid, I’m gonna love ya and leave ya.

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