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Portrait of the Artist as a Lone Tree


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Farewell to Don, my middle name.
He gave the label long ago,
who bore it first himself, and yet,
the damage done heíll never know.
Through generations old and lost,
a name will take its toll on those
who fantasise their ancestors
have aught to give but olden woes.
A name will hunt you down, and say
that you alone must bear the blame
for those who went before, and thus
it offers nothing else but shame.
Iíll say my son deserves my love;
let dead relations pay their dues.
For Iíll not bear their curse, nor he;
weíll nevermore wear dead menís shoes.

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