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My brother was already three
Yet he still could not say “potty”
I would call and squeal his dear name
But received not a glance from he

My brother was already three
When aware doctors came to see
He was a boy with autism
Thus his world did not include me

My brother was already three
When I took him to go sightsee
But the busy crowds of Shanghai
Carelessly separated we

My brother was already three
And as appealing as Jet Li
When I let go of his small hand
Came parting of eternity

I spotted his teddy bear cap
Fluttering above the street floor
When I covered our distant gap
Sadly he was on earth no more

My dear brother was only three …
When he drowned in that traffic sea

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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EMOEMY said...
Dec. 31, 2009 at 6:46 pm:
I cried I have a little brother and when he was three something similar happened to him.
 
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JustAlice? said...
Dec. 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm:
very sad yet very beautiful. i felt like i was there in that moment. this really is a wonderful peice
 
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teenwrite said...
Dec. 14, 2009 at 1:47 pm:
i can recite the last stanza by heart
 
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PoetOfNyx16 said...
Dec. 9, 2009 at 11:16 am:
wow, that made me cry a little, its really sad and moving, beautiful repetition, and i hope you keep writing like this, its amazing
 
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LEXB said...
Dec. 8, 2009 at 7:50 am:
i like how you used repetition, it really gave the writing more emphasis
 
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scarletP said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 10:58 am:
at first i wasnt sure what to think...but then i got to the end and it all came togethor...this is very nicely writter, you are extremely talented keep it up!
 
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Katie.T. said...
Dec. 3, 2009 at 5:03 pm:
Sad...I am hoping this is not true :(
 
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NaTivE_BeAutiE This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 30, 2009 at 7:40 pm:
WOW. This piece moved me, it didn't have to be descriptive, yet the story was clear and heartbreaking. Don't stop here, you're truly talented.
 
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