A posthumous letter came today:
My Dear Brother Fran;
I assume it began;
Your Loving Brother Sean.
I'll never read those lines;
I know what's down between his lines;
His words and thoughts would break me.
His ink would stain my hands;
Leached through lines with real tears,
Dropping like time's sands.
He'd wax on our youthful days,
Wane on years we let slip past;
I don't need to read the words,
You know all things must pass.
I'll not sit to read his letter.
I'll recall how we were before,
When he was six and I was four,
Skating on the basement floor,
Or sliding down the new clothes line,
As pennants waving in the wind.
He taught me much of what he knew,
Just doing what big brothers do.
And always had my back.
I don't recall, but I'm pretty sure
We had our dumb-*** quarrels;
But I remember hitting *****,
Kicking, catching, throwing curves,
Rackets, sticks, clubs and bats,
Our cruel crew cuts beneath our hats.
He raised my game in everything;
Said I could do anything.
I'll remember his glance in the mirror
Going out the door.
If I ever read that letter,
I surely would regret forever,
Miss saying, I Love You too.
No, I'll never need to read his letter,
To remember Sean in his prime;
To recall the days when we two shined.
Lace the blades, Sean.
I'll be fine.
Sean died today