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The rubber duck floats, reminder of my failure
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by iwantabear

The rubber duck floats,

reminder of my failure

to come to his aid.

While I picked up my pizza,

he was struggling to breathe air,

his life cut too short,

by my negligence that night.

I truly loved him,

but possibly not enough.

Each day is long and endless:

A quagmire of guilt,

a sea of isolation,

self imposed prison.

This is how it will be now,

penance for incompetence.

And to my sweet boy,

you brought me joy, though briefly.

My one hope for you:

to be given another

chance to be alive and free

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