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Introspection Life Then and Now Uncategorized

Self portrait

The extremes of who,
what 
I am
whence I hail
internally
DNA, culturally, spiritually
nature/nurture
all fun to puzzle-piece 
together
free form, no
squared-off edges of
big-picture
guidance

What my forebearers were
who they were
what they did
what was done to them
is historically
recorded, reported 
yet remains very personally 
unresolved

My now obsessive, reflexive
detective skills 
honed with 
time, experience, dumb luck
eureka moments
dead ends
smugly proved theories
can be 
broken down quite simply
as such:

Having descended 
from 
rough, seafaring Vikings 
and equally
tough, resilient, proud 
diaspora Ashkenazi
my long-standing
exploratory‘what's next?’
curiosity-fueled
wanderlust 
is DNA encoded

as is my state of
perpetually wondering 
dichotomy:  
should I stop and pillage  
or simply keep wandering


– Mark L. Lucker
© 2022
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Daughters and Fathers Family Felix Uncategorized

Changing of the Guardians

Changing diapersbabywipesetc
we once foolishly hoped
were a passing fad

too soon wistfully outgrew
all-star wrestling bouts
on sopping pads

consoled ourselves with
years of wiping runny noses
becoming laser-precise,
discreetly or not

plucking
odd clumps from noses,
Cheerios from ears via
pointer-finger-and-thumb
industrial tweezers

overcame
defiance deftly utilizingusedkleenex2
Kleenex-and-spittum
wash cloths to rub
off or deeper in
crusted, dried
residues of often
unknown origin
and composition
frequently enough
for EPA containment
certification

Hazmat suits be damned.

Balled-up tissues,09 14 12a
sanitary wipes, pilfered
restaurant napkins
hand-me-down
cloth diapers,
parental shirt sleeves
tools of our lofty craft

Formerly resistant
now pliant,steady
hands carry QTip-
villager’s-torch

generational transference
fondly messy duties
resistant-to-disinfectant
memories will
render a someday
fragrant nostalgia

Mark Lucker