Monday, March 21, 2011

The Young Cousins

The Labrador light of the 1970s
Shone on us cousins, made us shine
The oldest boy tormented two younger brothers
The girl shining eyed with beauty and bravado
Middle brother always ornery
Little brother lost chasing butterflies
The last boy playful and left behind
We scattered after the hot Labrador summer
Frozen in the long winter of memory
Living miles and years apart
Broken homes, broken bones, and broken hearts
But when we regroup again
After this quarter of a century
That Labrador light of summer
Still shines from the corner of our eyes
On the maps of worry and weariness
We can trace the young cousin
We knew and were so long ago

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