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We Have Been Many

A Barbie flies to the roof
Light up sneakers with a tell-tale mouth blink rapidy towards an illuminated figure standing at the stove
Mario and Luigi clash with Captian Falcon down the hall, first door on your left
Cherry trees are for staining little fingers and clean clothes
Linoleum floors are for dancing
A car, forever broken, sits waiting in the driveway
I am “brat” “tattle-tale” and “get out of here”

The butterfly emerges from her cocoon
The air is thick with unexpected change
The light that lit up the darkness around fades away
Bags are packed, tears are shed out loud and in the solace of silence
The green and white house that once held the world, now rings with the echo of a laugh
The road begins to fork
I am “good bye” and “see you later”

A crowd thunders and cheers in the frosted air
A touchdown is made and the steel ground trembles with stampeding feet
Number 50 dances after a tackle
He looks alive again
And the frosted air is touched by the warmth of a glimmering hope
I am “eloy” and “how have you been?” and “I love you cousin”

Red and blue cast off a face with more age behind it than its youthfulness shows
The cell doors close shut
Tears, nightmares, anger, sadness, hurt and fear
Love, overwhelming unconditional love
Determination, hope, support and broken bones starting to heal
I am “sister”

And you have been “jerk” and “meanie’ and “I hate you”
You were “good bye” and “it’s been a long time since I saw you”
You were “lil Jacob” and “I hope you’re doing ok” and “I love you too”
And now more than ever, more than I thought, even if I always knew
You are “brother”





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Gods love 1 said...
Nov. 23, 2011 at 11:57 am
Truly amazing, its nice to see Gods gifts manifested in our youth may he bless you in every way- sick unltd.
 
Liz alcrantara said...
Nov. 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm
Awwwwww beautiful! Congrats! Linda she is very talented! Keep up da good work :-)
 
linda22 replied...
Nov. 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm
Yes ma'am... Extremely proud... And blessed! Thanks u for taking time to read her writing... Love you!
 
Liz A. replied...
Nov. 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm
Of course :-) anytime luv u too :-) gotta support my niece :-)
 
linda22 replied...
Nov. 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm
Thank you sis!.... And best believe she knows about her family in the "windy city"... I always tell her about my other mother and sister! She laughs... Miss you all!
 
linda22 said...
Nov. 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm
I love it! Great work, keep it up.... Can't wait to continue reading your awesome work.... And of course I'm really proud of you as always!....
 
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