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Look at the Icicle. 
It forms- 
An ugly mass drooping from a cragged rock, the water
hardening before it has sufficient time to 

I've heard them called things of beauty by others, and
indeed I once thought of them as such.

But after today...

My father called me to tell 
me that my Nine Year old bother has lukemia.
I cried for hours.

Today I found out that he is going to be alright, though he 
will participate in outpatient treatment for three years. 
I cried again.

And as I drove home from Dornbecher's childrens hospital this afternoon, I 
saw the Icicles hanging from the rocks hidden in the shade.
I cried some more.
I love my brother Sean.

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  1. Date: 12/9/2009 7:38:00 PM
    Geoffrey never lose hope .. your positive influence on your brother will help him climb this mountain of health issues... be strong for him.. I have a brother too .. I would feel the same... prayers go out for him tonight and for u as well... thankxxx for enjoying my poetry tonight.. blessings.. luv.. Linda-Marie "Sweetheart" of Poetry Soup

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 7:44:00 PM
    Very nice poem and my prayers are with Sean and you and your famiy....Marty

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 5:13:00 PM
    This is genuinely moving, Geoffrey, using icicles to convey the fragility of life. Prayers are on the way for Sean's speedy recovery. God bless you and your family as you deal with this difficulty during the holiday season. Very beautifully written! Love, carolyn

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 4:08:00 PM
    Geoffrey, I share in your feelings of panic and then relief! I am grateful that Sean's illness is treatable! Hope must live. Be strong! God bless! Peace and love, Audrey