My Little Bro

by Misty D. Crawford

I love you and I wish you were home,
it hurts me to think you’re so alone.
Its not the same without you here,
why you did what you did is still unclear.
I remember when we were little and we played in the yard,
then we’d go sit inside and play cards.
You’d look at me and smile,
your smile used to stretch a mile.
When I had a bad day you were the only on who could make me laugh,
its like you were my other half.
It hurts me to see what your going through,
it hurts even more because there’s nothing I can do.
I just wish I could make it all ok,
but all I can do is pray.
I pray for you every night before I go to sleep,
and every time I think I hear you creep.
Sometimes its like you’re still here,
I look at the door and wait for you to appear.
Then I realize you’re not home,
and I go back to feeling so alone.
I love you so much you just don’t know,
no matter what you’ll always be my little bro.

My Brother And True Friend

by Toni L. Oleson

At first I have to admit I was jealous but just for a short bit
Mom and dad looked at you with pride
My jealousy made me feel put aside
For this I feel no shame, that’s just a Childs game
As time went on nature came through my pride, love and a bond grew
Still only my brother not yet a friend
I was your big sister to the end
Soon my childish jealousy I overcame, I’m not saying there was none
He just wants you to play, I can still hear mom say
But he’s too little I would say he doesn’t know how to play and he’s always in my way
Mom he follows me around all day he’s too little for my big girl play
He’s your little brother and he doesn’t just want to play your his big sister it’s your duty mom would say, to show your brother the right way
When he grows up for all this, with his love and loyalty he will pay.
So please my daughter show your brother how to play.
Pay back will be yours in time not so far away it was one of my life’s biggest tolls to play for you a good role.
But from that day to my life’s end you are not just my brother but my life’s greatest friend.

To My Brother

by Anne Harskamp

Words are hard to describe feelings,
I have always been better with images.
Yet writing down how much I miss you,
Seems to give me more tranquility.

Writing to let go, to give this all a place.
It will never heal, it will never go away,
But just learning to give it time and space.

I can tell you how much I care, how much I would give to have you back in my life,
But you know all of this and it won’t change anything, that’s what I am learning within time,

Writing to tell you how much I have learned, to show you that through fragility I become a stronger person
More able to understand, more able to listen and to care,
Hurt through loss, I’ve become yet a wiser person

Who you were……………………………. for Barney

by Amanda Restivo

I see your smile of the past
You would always make us laugh
Life was forever free
And you were all you could be
Then came time
There were burdens to share
Sadly those you could not bear
Deep within your mind you went
You became not who you truly were
Life became dark
The substance took over
Your eyes filled with tears
The pain was forever
The memories of the past are clear
And when we see tomorrow
You will be nowhere near
When we look for your smile
All we see is the sorrow
But what has happened has brought us close
The memories of your life will always live on
With the sparkle in your eyes
And a smile on your face
In our hearts you have filled a special place
So when we think of you
We will forever reflect back
To who you once were