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Previous Entry To My Brother in Heaven.. Jul. 4th, 2008 @ 11:20 am Next Entry
Today I share a poem I wrote... and read at my brother's funeral.  Eleven years ago today he died. ....

I hold to faith, hope, and love, 

but July 4th will never be the same for me.

 To My Brother in Heaven...

                        Somewhere back in ’67, a little boy was born,

                           With big blue eyes, and bushy blonde hair,    

                                    On a beautiful March morn

                        Some may say “accident prone” was his middle name

                           But conquer through, every struggle,

                                    His strong willpower soon came

                        There were many times, he came close to death,

                           But phase him it did not,

                        From sled accident, to being hit by a train

                           To live a full life he fought


                        He once wrote a poem, I found in his room,

                           It fit him to a “T”

                        The following statement, came from Brian,

                           It’s his philosophy


                        “To all my friends, please let me live life,

                             As fully as I can,

                          And despite my challenges always remember

                             To accept me as I am”


                        These words of course, come from Brian,

                           Written from his heart

                        And now as I write, to say my good bye,

                            It hurts to see you part…


                        So to you my brother, I write this poem,

                           Feeling sad inside,

                        Asking God, to give me strength,

                           And the comfort he’ll provide


                        We had many a memory, and loads of fun,

                           Picking on each other,

                        But every day I’m so thankful for,

                           Having you as my brother


                        We traveled the U.S., stuck in a car,

                           Playing “toothbrush games” with dad

                        And fished at the cabin, looking for crappies,

                           Remember the fun we had?


                        We got lost in the woods, and stuck in the mud,

                           But laugh it off we did

                        We made forts in the snow, and castles in sand,

                           And down many a hill we slid


                        And even pondering through the past year,

The memories touch my heart,

                           The talks with you, fun times we had,

                        I don’t know where to start


                        Like running with you in the Anoka Race

                           Dressed as groom and bride,

                        I struggled to run in that long wedding slip,

                            But you had a much bigger stride!


                        You made such an impact on so many people

                            Brian, you’re the best

                        You’re dearly missed by friends and family,

                            Whom your life has blessed


                        Though here on earth, I’ll never see you,

                           There’s a peace I have inside

                        Knowing you’re with the “Great Caretaker”

                           Oh the love He’ll provide!


                        I look forward to seeing you, again someday,

                           On Heaven’s Avenue

                        Brian, thank you for thirty great years,


                        I truly love you!

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Date:July 4th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
That poem is very good, and very touching..
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Date:July 5th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Thank you for your kind comments and blessings to you!
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Date:July 4th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Very great poem Journalfriend, I know your brother there would want you to smile though! :D
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Date:July 5th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Thank you.. .yes, Brian always had a deep smile :0)
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Date:July 6th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words.... warm wishes to you
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