The Last Mile


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

The one’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


18 Responses to “The Last Mile”
  1. yassy says:

    Heart breaking to read, Brad. How beautifully expressed.. your emotions .., eloquently written a fabulous dedication to your brother. I can almost feel his presence. Your poem just takes you there.

  2. It’s been almost 8 years since our brother took his last earthly breath, and yet, your words bring me right back to the moment when you spoke at his memorial service and your pain was palpable.

  3. sudrakarma says:

    Very moving, Brad. It’s strange how, though we’re forced to let someone go, they never really leave our life entirely. I was reminded of that just yesterday when I ran into my late best friend’s son at WalMart. Suddenly the context of my life shifted backwards and it felt a little surreal under the florescent lights.

  4. kristianw84 says:

    Oh, Brad. I can feel you in this poem. You express your emotions so eloquently. This is one of those poems that makes me wish I could reach through the screen and hug you. So beautifully written, my dear friend. You have moved me to tears. Your brother will always be with you! I am sending you big hugs and much love! ❤

  5. beth says:

    absolutely heartbreaking and beautifully written.

  6. K.L. Hale says:

    I’m sorry for the loss you, your sister, family, and friends endured. Thank you for allowing us to read your beautiful words. Your shared pain, so eloquently expressed, gives me comfort when reflecting on loss. Prayers and blessings, my friend.

  7. Touching and heart-breaking words but beautifully expressed.

  8. You reduce very complex things to beautiful words.

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