Gold

 

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Gold

 

For Eric Radford

 

our fathers worked together under-

ground while you on the surface

gracefully chiseled the ice

the only boy figure skater

 

in town bullies taunted

you with their hockey

sticks. all of us children

of goldminers, and you

 

decorated with multiple

metals now win gold: Olympic

girl in your hands the first time

you threw her she landed

 

perfectly. scared of

heights she trusts you to

twirl her above your head.

soulmates. your hidden self

 

shared with the world. fear

is a sound in the inner

ear but has no refuge

there. courage is your world