Richard Hoffman


In every age there are two people

charged with holding up the sky.

Neither of them are aware of it;

they just do it. It’s who they are.


Others who know them are aware

that something’s different about them

and respond to them with either

adulation or hatred. At times both,


which amounts to envy. Usually

the two never meet. However,

sometimes, after many eons,

the simple law of averages requires


they come to know each other,

even intimately and inextricably.

Those two were your parents.

But you knew that, didn’t you?

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