Park District Meet

by Richard King Perkins II

Park District Meet

Walking home with my little brother
from the summer track meet
where neither of us had
the dollar entry fee required to run

I tell him we probably wouldn’t have won
a ribbon anyway (which was only true about him)
and then he says to me
But you already have a lot and I don’t have any

and forty years later this is the tintype image
I carry of my brother

kept in my Cowboy and Indian leather wallet
that zips all the way around
and has a little interior snap pocket
to keep the change we never had.

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Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.

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