Saturday, April 16, 2011

Genetics Don't Lie (Prompt: Snapshot)

I always thought I was adopted
and for a long time felt
there was a silent conspiracy
to keep the real truth from me.

Then I saw the snapshot.
I was in my teens
and I was wearing
an Air force Dress uniform.

I couldn't remember
this yellowed and bent
photograph
taken at an
unrecognizable angle
and venue.

Was it in a school play?
Was it a costume party?

Upon closer inspection
it was my father taken
when he was serving
in 1955.

That monstrous nose,
wide forehead
friendly smile,

genetics don't lie,

Mystery solved.



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