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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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BROTHER’S DAY

 


If there were a Brother’s Day

It would have to be in autumn,

But not too close to Thanksgiving,

 

Because of the leaves,

The changing, the colorful, the fading

Light and warmth.

 

Enough rain in the gutters

To keep street corners slick,

And the rivalry growing

Between travel and frost;

Leaving and staying at home.

 

Hallmark would have one helluva time

Marrying concise authenticity

With greeting-card tact.

 

Dear older brother, thanks for:

a.      Raising the bar to impossible heights.

b.      Getting me into the bar.

c.       Helping me pass the bar.

 

Dear younger brother, sorry

About all those times I pinned you to the ground,

Taunting you until you cried Uncle.

Remember the time I:

a.      Kicked that bully’s butt for you?

b.      Kicked your butt in front of your friends?

c.       Helped you kick heroin?

 

Dear other brother,

    (blank inside).


                                   —Steve McCord