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Sentimental Moment or Why Did the Baguette Cross the Road?

Don't fill up on bread
I say absent-mindedly
The servings here are huge

My son, whose hair may be
receding a bit, says
Did you really just
say that to me?

What he doesn't know
is that when we're walking
together, when we get
to the curb
I sometimes start to reach
for his hand

—Robert Hershon

from Poetry Northwest, Volume XLI, No. 3, Autumn 2000
Poetry Daily, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Copyright 2001 by Robert Hershon.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of Poetry Daily from Poetry Northwest, Volume XLI, No. 3, Autumn 2000. Copyright 1993 by Robert Hershon. For further permissions information, contact Poetry Northwest, Editor David Wagoner, Box 354330, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195,

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About the Poet

Robert Hershon is the author of thirteen poetry collections, including Goldfish and Rose (Hang Loose Press, 2013).

Learn more about Robert Hershon at The Poetry Foundation.