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Recovery takes Time

The recovery from life at seven is so trying. Having witnessed
your brother being taken to heaven. What future can a child see
through cascades of tears, what future does a parent explain to 
allay his fears. 

Their day to day life has been forever changed, as their different 
tomorrow brought loss and sever. Where do I start to tell you if I coped.
What words for the loss as my fathers health sloped.

Decisions were made from the pain we must move, to be on the peripheral, to 
rejoin life, to gain. Absorbing our loss, brought us closer than
before, but it has taken a life to go through their last door.

My father and I, responded by living. We walked in beautiful glens 
surrounded by heathers, as we as a family grew from our weathers. The walks 
on Ben Nevis in nature surround, as he taught me plenty about animals and 
plants. We would drink the clear waters as he told me it brought life. Being 
so educated at seven, filled the void. Every so often we would say " Boom 
Boom " would love being here, as we thought for a moment and then the 
eventual tears.
But the toll of our loss, for my father was heartbroken. His health declined 
with the loss of my brother. Six more years of sporadic times, as hospital 
became his home and child support became mine.

My recovery from life continues to this day. As I think and look back at 
all the times we spent surrounded by life, my father and I from the loss of 
a life, but I still wonder why.


Copyright © James Fraser

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  1. Date: 10/13/2014 7:27:00 AM
    sometimes we need to stop asking why. accept anf let go of things we have no control..and lift it all to our Almighty Father above.. touching and deeply heart pulling .. I admire you for your resilience.. and the man that you have become..

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    Date: 10/13/2014 3:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Olive. I don't write about those days anymore. The few writes I've done absorbed the hurt, but it never stops me thinking about my past, as it'll always be there, James :)
  1. Date: 4/13/2010 4:25:00 PM
    Congrats James on your HM in Laura's contest.. a wonderful write and honor for u to so enjoy your special victory.. see u at the winners circle...luv.. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 3/16/2010 3:39:00 AM
    Glad that you wrote about it..Telling the stories helps the healing...My grandson ask me why the other day....I said I can't tell you why only a logical explanation is one that I can give and that is your parents decided to have a child that had a 50/50 chance of having HD and they got a child that has HD..The other choice would have been to not have a child then you would not have been here...I am glad that you are here..Keep the creative pen flowing...Sara

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 8:38:00 AM
    The heartbreak of such experiences are never forgotten, yet the love lingers forever and ever. Perfectly said in your poem, James. Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 8:15:00 AM
    I know the pain expressed in your words is real, James, and I wish your brother and father hadn't been taken from you at such a young age. You have created a masterful entry for the contest and I wish you much success! (I think Constance will love this too.) Love to the Highlander, Carolyn