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His Father. 
I sat on a stone with my feet up on the low tide someone had told me 
that everything is possible if you absolutely believe and I was trying to 
walk on water. I concentrated mightily and sweat broke out. Put my feet 
down as I got up and sank to my knees into the sea. So it wasn´t possible 
and I was  gullible believing what adults said; an, anyway it, isn´t  much 
fun to walk on big waves in a storm. Last night I had been with the gang 
stealing apples in the garden of a rich man, mainly because he got angry, 
when he came running calling us whore children of the Nazi occupation. 
We laughed because we´re born before the war…except a little boy who
was born in 1941, we just him as a look out and he looked down and said 
nothing. He had no father we knew and we gave him extra apples because 
his pockets were small. I knew how he felt I had a father but he was always 
absent, sometimes I saw him in the street and on the bus and sometimes 
I stood outside the factory where he worked and waited for him to come 
out, then I followed him to his home at a safe distant, saw him kissing his 
new wife and talking to his children. I never told my mother and now that 
I´m old I think it might not have been my father, but just picked this man 
because he looked father-like. The little boy whose father was an enemy
soldier and I who tried to walk on water, must accept that some dreams are
impossible, and get on with the business of growing up.  

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  1. Date: 6/14/2013 7:44:00 AM
    Dear Jan - Sad little boy. Kathy

    hansen Avatar jan oskar hansen
    Date: 6/14/2013 7:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    indeed his mother slept with the enemy and for this he must be punished