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The Jessica Rule

All for the niece...

By Kendall Defoe Published 6 months ago 1 min read
The Jessica Rule
Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash

Twisting my arm,

I say ''Uncle!''

And think carefully...


What did I do?

Climbed a set of mountains;

walked endlessly

on an island, single

yet happily.


Spoke several languages

(on the tongue; in the body),

often quite fluently.


Made friends, morphed enemies,

felt several pains and joy.

Earned something regal for the family

to put up on a wall

(not too recently).


All said and all done

(nothing stated in vain?).

All those memories and

pages taken out of thoughts,

pictures, reels, and scribbles

(a portrait of me).


And I would rather face this all

(be in that old life)

once again

than to spark your sadness

and lose that love

(that greatness I can be).

And all trips have their conclusions...

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About the Creator

Kendall Defoe

Teacher, reader, writer, dreamer... I am a college instructor who cannot stop letting his thoughts end up on the page. Very grateful to have found this other opportunity to expose things to the light.


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  • Test6 months ago

    I dig this.

  • Brenton F6 months ago

    Heart wrenchingly good and so beautiful!

  • Those necessary reassurances that I am yours & you are mine & there is nothing for which I would trade you.

  • Cezanne Libellen6 months ago

    Lovely poem, Kendall!! I really enjoyed this!!

  • Babs Iverson6 months ago

    Fantastic!!! Loved it!!!

  • Lana V Lynx6 months ago

    Quite an ode to the lucky niece!

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