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by Fred Whitehead

I will hold

the image of

choke cherry


as I will

the quick light of

my grandchild's eyes

all here ...

springtime gathering

in grass "round

the tree,

with a branch sword

he fights his


his... he still

has them ...

ah, but me...

mine are gone

they may have

grown tired,

or have

moved on...

maybe though, they've

just been waiting

since I gave up

on them, waiting

for him to arrive

FRED WHITEHEAD will be the featured reader at the Poetry and Dinner Night at 4 p.m. today at the Woodlawn Diner, 3200 Lakeshore Road in Blasdell. A lifelong Buffalo resident, he is the host of the Fourth Friday Poetry Series at Dog Ears Books on Abbott Road in South Buffalo. This poem is from his new collection "Protected by Paradox."

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