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For My Brother

Will Scarlet 1946 (NJ)


With a 10 cent memo pad
And a number 2 pencil
My Brother left me a stencil
A blueprint for his blues

And all I ever taught him
Was how to tie his shoes...

About this poem

Among my Brother's personal effects after he passed.. A pencil and a memo pad...

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Written on October 09, 1991

Submitted on August 12, 2021

Modified by davidb on September 02, 2021

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXXA XA
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 149
Words 34
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 2

Will Scarlet

Been writing and spieling poetry for over half a century. Self assembled, printed and distributed 2 chap books/vanity presses. I've written poems that never mention names or places. Just places in the heart and mind. more…

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  • leotis_h
    My deepest apologies for your loss. Thank you for sharing your pain. Can't wait to read more.
    LikeReply4 months ago
  • WhyCantIUseMyOwnName
    Well, its sorta a poem. Sorry for your loss, been there too.
    LikeReply5 months ago
  • teril
    Short, beautiful, and full of emotion. The image is crystal-clear and so sad.
    LikeReply6 months ago
  • eileenclark55
    Hello, a very sweet and touching piece, thank you for sharing, my best regards.
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • Rowan7788
    respectfully heartfelt;
    LikeReply8 months ago
  • belladonnableu71
    LikeReply9 months ago
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  • GrindingRyhmes
    AMAZING, 100/10
    LikeReply11 months ago
  • Symmetry58
    I find family dynamic to be interesting. I remember when my mom's brother died (god rest both their souls) and how she was perfectly fine with it. In fact, she told me that he was the lucky one. Wow! Mom wasn't exactly thrilled to be upright before she moved into the next phase. I'm grateful for people like you with stories to tell. I find them fascinating. That you've been writing for 50+ years is extraordinary to me. Thank you for sharing. 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    Are we our brother's keeper ? A poignant poem how we should do better !
    Remember blood is definitely thicker than water !
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Soulwriter
    So sad :( I'm sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your words
    LikeReply 21 year ago
    • oldoccpu
      Thank you. My other poems are by my other names.. Will Martin, William Hutson.
      LikeReply1 year ago


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