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I imagine you at your father’s grave.
I imagine you knelt, roses gripped
loosely; I imagine your eyes were dry;
I imagine you left and didn’t look
back.

I imagine you in the steel mill.
I imagine you worked in dirty
tanktops and jeans; I imagine you
swung sledgehammers like croquet
mallets; I imagine you wiping away
the heat from your forehead and leaving
to collapse into sleep.

I imagine you as a gymnast; I imagine
you as a schoolteacher; I imagine you
as a child, fresh faced and fearless.
I imagine you after the car crash,
after the wedding, after the surgery,
after your heart stops beating.

I imagine you in a life without me –
but I cannot do the same in reverse.
We haven't had a poem about Doc in a while; gotta keep the fanclub happy :P

I was chatting with him on the phone yesterday, and we somehow got into a guessing game, which I totally won - I somehow managed to guess a bunch of details about his condo and probably have psychic powers. That bit of silliness birthed this bit of seriousness.

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Steve-C2 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
This is incredibly deep and difficult for me to really say much.  However, I want to say first and foremost, "Great work!"

Though I don't know anything about this character, it tells a very large life story and how someone was obviously affected by events, and it does so in a very compact manner.

And "swung sledgehammers like croquet mallets" somehow really sticks with me.  It makes the next line stick very well.  Like sweat on a body.

Then at the end. ... just, wow.

Again, really deep.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It's funny cause I wasn't there for any of these events - they are all stories I've been told.

That line is a personal favorite; I'm very happy with that descriptor :)

Thank you :heart:
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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Professional Writer
I :heart: Doc poems.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
They do seem to be my best :D Thank you!
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