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A Brother

A brother the same womb
Alone
Doesn't make
For one can be found
When least expected
Like an angel on assignment
At places rarely considered
In the harrowing valleys of life

A brother is not only a believer in me
But in everything that matters to me
Not hiding his face
When I become fleetingly foolish
Or go momentarily mad
Within his scrutinizing sight
But forgets not at last
At my moment of sanity
To point out my error
And suggest the way forward

A brother is not only one helping
To chart my economic path
But also one wholly sold out
On the total package
Staying close in good
And standing firm in adversity
Not looking back
Like a soldier fit for battle
A shoulder readily available
To absorb my sweat and tears
A willing hand to nurse my wounds
A prop
And a pillar

Such one the street
The hottest gold furnace ever made
The great refiner of great people
Unexpectedly dropped on my bosom
An undeserved inheritance
From a humble humanitarian
Serving me
A stranded stupefied stranger selflessly.

(C) Chris Jibero.

Submitted: Thursday, June 02, 2011


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