Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

My Three Boys

Raud Kennedy

“I have three boys,” the young mother says.
Her two youngest on either side, grip her hands.
Her husband towers behind her.
The alcoholic sheen in his eyes makes him look thirteen.
“I can’t wait until they grow up,” she jokes,
rolling her eyes in the direction of her mate.
He continues to smile, knowing the joke
is on him, but not caring. No one has ever
expected him to grow up. Not his parents,
not his wife, not his friends.
He gazes toward his future and sees
a never ending horizon of adolescence.


Raud Kennedy is a dog trainer. His poetry chapbook, Glimpses, is available at, and he is currently promoting his new novel, Mad Rabbits. To learn more, visit:

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