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Barn

“Deje el mundo cambiarle
 Y usted puede cambiar el mundo.”
 Let the world change you
 And you can change the world.
    ~ Attributed to Che Guevara

We run and play together
Born a week apart
Next-door neighbors
Those doors a quarter-mile distant
Running out the wide barn door
Leaving behind the hay’s aroma
I step too near the ramp’s stony edge
Slip on moving rock
Fall crashing into the pile of boards strewn
Alongside the short wall’s bottom
Raise a painful hand
To find a coarse splinter piercing it half through
Crying out
I reach my other hand for his help as I clamber
But he’s run from the sight of blood
Related as it is to his own
I cease my efforts
Lying there amazed
At how close we are
Yet so far
That but one of us can be human
But ?

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