Rash's Poetry House


As brother
he took special
responsibility upon himself
to guard her.
Tenderly, with patience,
he protected a sister
from those
who would ridicule.

Adopted at age three
he soon found himself in casts
and braces to cure disease.
Regularly father and son
chiseling off the too-small casts
to make way for larger ones.
He was the only child
in the school yard
who could do a flying camel
on his heel.

When the casts disappeared
he made up for lost time.
He broke a collar bone skating
and another at football.
He Rambo-ed my cat
and left green slime stains
on the bedroom ceiling.
He became a video game master
and gave love to just a few.

He is the only one
I call Nephew.

Poems in Family Album:

The Desk
An Unremarkable Woman
Growing Pains
Sometimes It Takes Decades to Say Love
Some People Just Cannot Nurture Growing Things
My Sister's Daughter

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