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The Tempest 

And I do not mean 
that my mother spoke in thee and thou
or that my father was an exegete; my
mother was a twice immigrant and my
father was dead. 

Swim out? my mother said. 
You? 
The swimming 
I did 
I did it 
for you only. 

What else can I say? my father said. 

It was the rain 
that stank on them, 
the rain or my affection 
for the biblically inflected: 
thou shalt not be 
also my father 
also my mother 
also the torrent 
also the rest of it.

—Netanel Schwartz 

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