Speed Bump

from by Anthony Alvarado

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His feet touch the ground as his heart is beating loud
She comes close and says
“Stay steady and slow. Amor, I’m not going anywhere. I’m right here.
(Look at me)
I don’t care how many tumors lie behind your eyes.
I’ll be by your left side.”

He says, “Your eyes are keeping me going,
but it hurts not knowing if I’ll see my daughter wed or get out of this hospital bed.
But with you by my side, I’ll be just fine.
Please rest assured, this is a speed bump.”

The buzz of the lights haunts me
but I tune them out and listen carefully to my father’s breath
Lord, I don’t know how much longer I have but I’ll repeat my mother.

“I don’t care how many tumors lie behind your eyes.
I’ll be by your right side.”

He looks up to me and says, “Son, wipe your eyes. I’m gonna be okay.
No, I’m not dying tonight. So please appreciate the time that we have here.
I love you, son.
But let me make this clear, this is a speed bump.”


from Still, released September 1, 2015



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