I found this picture
of myself when I
was less than a year old-September 1981 –
in my mother’s arms,
wading near a beach
on the American side
of the St. Lawrence River.
She held me by my pits
with a smile good enough to get
my father’s attention.
George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, The Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Havana Times, South China Morning Post, The Buffalo News, and more.
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