remembrance of friends and brothers

March 17, 2010
By Adin1 BRONZE, Culver, Indiana
Adin1 BRONZE, Culver, Indiana
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I see in my eyes he is tall,
my brother Ajou Ajou

but I couldn’t believe what I heard,




I heard that he was standing

thinking
The war is over
thinking
I can go home
thinking
I am happy

Now the war is over,
five years later
it is over.





The soldiers took advantage of Ajou,
they told him peace had come,
they fooled him.

Still there I can see him,
see him smiling
as roses blossom on his chest.

The author's comments:
In Remembrance of My Brother and Friends

I remember growing up with my friends,
Gabriel Garang and my Nuba Ajou.
We all walk to school together
looking for cows, goats, sheep,
and always playing on the ground. In the courtyard
we play soccer with little circles
white and dark colors on the back
and cooking all kinds of food—
beef, rice, chicken—drinking milk at last
and describing the best joke.

One of the best jokes
was about the two mad men: one was totally mad for ten years
and the other was mad for at least two months.
The man who was mad for ten years
came to the man who was mad for two months
and said, “Let’s burn the house and jump in
if you are mad.” And he accepted.
They burned the house and the two-month-mad man
scroll back and jump into the fire.
As soon as that happened the ten-year-mad man
turned back and said, “That guy is really, really, mad.”

And he started to talk with people normally
as if he had never been mad at all.

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