“A Brother's Love’s”
For Ricardo, Jr.
poster designed by Elliott Gilardi
Today my little brother left for the service,
one tear dropped
I was not there like I used to be
to make sure he had everything he needed
a second tear dropped.
I heard his voice over the phone telling me
“Sis, I know you love me”
and a third tear dropped
There I was
holding on to every word he said . . . thinking . . .
when I see him again, he will be a MAN
my little brother
all grown up,
no more playing sports and ditching chores
gone to the army.
All I have is a river of tears to follow those words
one that flows down the middle of our love,
I understand what can happen to a man
when the military and the monetary . . .
“in your case”
our economic status deemed it necessary,
you are no longer
a man child in the promised land.
“If this is what you want”
Soar to the top of your class,
travel foreign lands . . .
but return home
of the man I once knew
as my baby brother.