Dogs 2012

THE CHILD BESIDE YOU
(12/20/12)


children
dying
seems an unholy
aberration

but anyone
of appreciable age
knows personally
at least one
deceased
child

I grew up
with the ghost
of my brother

he didn't live
too see
his third birthday

he died
alone

institutionalized

50's technology
never pronouncing
a cause

he walks
along with me
some days

holding
my hand
and looking up
at the younger
sibling whom
he never
knew

we talk
of our mother
now gone
as well

wondering
what happened
to us all