Memories of my Brother

I decided I would challenge myself to write a poem for my brother every day this month and this is the result. It is rough and rugged and it is a mere work-in-progress but I'm just writing down stuff I want to say.



Dear you,

Just because you are musical
Does not mean that you need a xylophone
Made of rib-cage

Just because you are scientific
Does not mean that you must conduct
An experiment about glucose and respiration

Just because you are mathematical
Does not mean that infinitesimal ratios
Should overtake your masterpiece of mechanics...

And there - right there - you become a painting on a wall
A photograph washed in sun too long
A canvas that I will stare at on raining days
Waiting until the drops on the window pane
Transfer to the skin of your oil-slick face
And to mine
Because you were denoted by the light and shade
Of Mum's tears
And sometimes I want to scribble annotations over you
So that we can know the bones
You came to love
Others, I speculate whether to redraw you with words
Would be blasphemous -
Never quite capturing the shape of your laugh
And the colours of your mind...

Just because you are so greatly flawed
Does not mean that you are too far gone
To crawl back, safe,

From me

Because you were always too preoccupied to write it for yourself

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