The Last Mile


I did not want to see fear, not in those eyes

The oneโ€™s that stare back at me in the photo

Your arm pulling me to you, a big brother

My idol of a youth now many decades ago


I did not want to say a prayer, not those words

To your God who needed you more than I do

Who says you are somehow now earthly gone

Yet everywhere I look I find the pieces of you


I did not want to cry, not those tears

Falling onto to the freshly broken ground

Another flag to remember a hero lost

And the solace your rest has been found


I did not want to ride, not that bike

Not for the last time, kickstand down

They may have buried you in the earth

But this was your hallowed ground


22 Responses to “The Last Mile”
  1. beth says:

    a moving tribute to life and loss

  2. Lovely, a most moving tribute. Your words are full of emotions and meaningful. All the best my friend.

  3. The truth about the brother you lost – but gratefully, after he had finally become a brother to you. That unexpected gift of brotherhood and friendship will always be in your memory, will help ease the pain of loss throughout the rest of your years.

  4. K.L. Hale says:

    Brad, Iโ€™m sorry for your loss. Your words are beautiful just like your heart. ๐Ÿ’›โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  5. yassy says:

    Beautifully penned tribute. Itโ€™s for your brother? Sentiments fabulously eloquent. A whole lifetime of love penned wonderfully in this homage.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    what a beautiful tribute to your brother, Brad…

  7. Beautiful words of tribute to your brother.

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    What a most beautifully written tribute to a friend. Such a lovely gift to give. Blessings Brad and I am sorry that you lost a friend who was like a brother. You have my condolences. โค๏ธ

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    I’ve been planning a brothers’ trip for quite some time, stopping off to visit each older Springer. We’ve scattered ourselves from east to west from New Jersey, Minnesota, Colorado, and me in California. Who knows how many more opportunities I’ll get to be with them? I am ready to check another item off my bucket list at the beginning of May.

    Wonderful tribute, Brad!

  10. kristianw84 says:

    A very moving and beautiful tribute. โค

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