The Science of Fatherhood

His dad always told him
“You can do anything
Be anything”
And he believed him
Some days he was a
Or even a
But never was he a doctor.
He had seen
The worn lines etched
Across his father’s face
Too many times
Memorized the swells
Under the man’s eyes
Too closely
Sensed the intensity
Of his father’s agony
After a patient’s
Too deeply.
He understood science
Biology, chemistry, physics
But never would he be able
To grasp the science
Of knowing someone’s
Death is inevitable.
“You can be a doctor”
His father told him
“You have everything
You’d need”
His father never understood
The science of a boy
Who just wanted his father
At home.



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