Sonnet №121 — My brother died on Friday

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You can tell I’m the one getting married because I’m in long pants.

The Sandy Hook Murders started around 9:30 am, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. My brother died from oral squamous cell cancer on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 around 6:00 am. We like to say that Michael went first to be there for those kids. He was 51; eleven days shy of number 52.

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Sonnet 121- Kaddish for my brother

Tonight, we will grieve my brother’s yahrzeit.

The day that we remember when he died.

A candle will be lit, it will burn bright.

We’ll gather, and recall the day we cried.

Tonight, we will chant my brother’s Kaddish.

A prayer that praises God and memory.

It cannot raise the dead, there is no wish

that fain fulfill upon our earthly plea.

Tonight, candle and a prayer, we lift up.

Once a year, when this day rolls round

I make it habit to pour out a small cup

A dram of Scotch, and memories abound.

Each year and once again, loss will be mourned

And once again, our living hearts be torn.

— — December 2019

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DStan58 is a teacher, a writer, a dad, a voice-over actor and poet. He's a melanoma survivor and a pulmonary embolism survivor. He's bringing sonnets back,

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