Mary Avidano’s most recent book of poems is The Zebra’s Friend and Other Poems (2008). She earned a BA from Loyola University Chicago and lives in Nebraska.
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My father, rather a quiet man,
told a story only the one time,
if even then—he had so little
need, it seemed, of being understood.
Intervals of years, his silences!
Late in his life he recalled for us
that when he was sixteen, his papa