I was struggling. Anxiety attacks and utter insecurity, The pit in my stomach was a permanent crater But I saw you At recess, standing on the blacktop alone And I forgot about myself
They told you you couldn’t play football with them. Your limp was horrible, you didn’t understand the rules exactly Boys running up to tap me on the arm Yelling “Get him away from me” “Tell him to leave me alone” How am I supposed to tell my brother no one wants to be his friend No one wants to talk to you Ryan because they can’t understand what you’re saying They don’t even want to try.
Everyday the school called home, he’s hopeless Detentions for yelling at the teacher, The one who didn’t bother to notice he was trying And he did try too, so hard So hard he came home calling himself stupid Because that is all he summed up to at the glories of public highschool
Mom cried, and Dad tried to give her hope That someday people would treat you right And I prayed that I wouldn’t keep hearing kids mutter your name in the hallways Completely unknowing that you were my brother And all the times your frustration built, Holes in the wall and broken door frames I never ever blamed you.
Now we stand side by side at graduation And I want you to know, I couldn’t be more proud of us. Dear brother, You will always be one of the best things that ever happened to me