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russel at wedding

hero and hectorer of sisters

erstwhile mama’s boy

collector of cards and creepy crawlies

braggart and one-upsman with buddies

sometimes startled by interest in girls

new-found strength, muscles hardening

ceaseless appetite for vaulting into rivers

and wriggling through weedy thickets,

for achieving video game supremacy

yet yearns to climb onto mama’s lap

yells instead “just leave me alone”

secretly watches his father

then teases his sisters to hear them scream

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About Judy Grigg Hansen
I write poetry and nonfiction, and I am passionate about the people, places, and wildflowers of Idaho and the Northwest.

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