FRANK MODICA – MY FATHER’S NAME

My Father’s Name

After Kay Ryan

He spoke Italian

before he spoke English.

 

At home his family called him Francesco,

but in kindergarten the teacher called him Frank.

 

He was Frank

when I was Frankie.

 

I became Frank in high school,

during heart surgery he became a free man.

 

On his birth certificate: Francesco–

On his death certificate: Frank.

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Find Frank on Twitter @fcmodica53

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