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or rather the love of it,
was exhumed from childhood
by a father reconnecting.

One would think an avid reader
of Encyclopedia Brown, the Boys,
the Investigators, and Nancy Drew
could or would separate fact
from fiction.

Perhaps, it was the forced finding
of Treasure or being Kidnapped! (double bound)
that brought the animosity, the coercion
every rebel or pirate despises:

that proclamation of fool’s gold,

“I didn’t like it,
because it wasn’t true.”