I Ran (I Ran So Far Away)

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Sometimes it amazes me what a simple
creature I am. One word is all it took to
brighten my spirits for a little while
until some damned fool went and ruined it all.
Yesterday the nurse rolled Dad over and asked
if he knew who was standing in front of him.
He said my name. He said Tom. He talked again.
I never thought I’d be relieved to hear that.
I stood there in the room for a few minutes.
The nurse told me they had to give him a bath,
but said I could stay. I looked at the old man.
He stared right back at me like a raptor, so…

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