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My Brother Breathes

April 21, 2022
By Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
148 articles 41 photos 1014 comments

Favorite Quote:
The universe must be a teenage girl. So much darkness, so many stars.
--me


Did you see my brother go away?

He can’t breathe

            into my mind.

Where’s his lady’s face?

Evil chased. Evil chased our careless time

in fingers of sunlight. We saw the past only rarely, like a glimmer in a cherry for a stolen summer moment like sweet medicine before it turns bitter on your lips or chili before it gets cold or the day before night steals it away from where sunlight clutches trees. Did you see my brother? He breathes, he breathes still.


The author's comments:

At this point in my life, both my brothers, who are my only siblings, are moving very far away from me. Both of them can't stand life in our family's house; it's almost like they can't breathe here.


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