Poetry/Short Stories



We held our son;

Their family lineage

Their last name

My father’s grandson


My brothers

Hold our father’s lineage

Father’s last name

A daughter,

I held father’s last name

Only for a “moment”


I “smile”

While wondering,

Is it fair?

Is it okay?

To carry and hold a child;

my own blood

My son

That holds not my father’s

Last name?

~Susan McMillan

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