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Forty Today

Visited you today
as the sun set in the horizon…

the orange tinged carnations 
were a perfect complement 
for the skies
and for you… 
orange and blue
always remind me of you

the winds softly blew
and I just sat there
staring at the grass,
well more at your name really…

hardly believing
what I am looking at, 
that it’s been seven years

of missing you,
of just putting that reality
at the back of my mind…

But there are days,
such as today
which make me 
confront that reality—

I see your smile,
remember your laughter
celebrate your spirit
and your love

Tears, I tell you I have
the most stubborn tears
maybe because they 
make it so real for me?

I look around me
and look for that sign

Nope, not there…

I say a prayer
and speak to you
thankful for the life shared

I kiss the date that you were born

and walk away

my reflection on the car window
misty

One last look around,

and then I see it…

a cat, as we drive away…

Skies now streaked purple and pink


**My brother would have been 40 today, May 6…


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  1. Date: 5/6/2014 2:18:00 AM
    Rereading this touching poem ,beautiful tribute to your brother--kash

  1. Date: 1/31/2014 5:08:00 PM
    And I came to read this poem again today..Nikko! my dearest girl! Now I saw Kashi comes here every year. When you visit him, we'll be there with you. and tell him through you we love him too...

  1. Date: 5/6/2013 6:52:00 AM
    Hi nikko,I came back here today and reread this touching poem.

  1. Date: 5/6/2012 12:15:00 AM
    He would have been 41 today.I came back today to read this heartfelt poem Nikko.You must have visited him today--Dada(elder brother) from India.

  1. Date: 6/3/2011 11:52:00 AM
    What an exceptionally beautiful poem Nikko! I was looking for one of your poems from your heart and not for a contest and I found it:) Soooo much better written from tears instead of ink, don't you agree? This one goes to my favorites:) And I don't even like free verse:)

  1. Date: 5/24/2011 6:26:00 AM
    Im glad i stopped to read this gem,mist in my eyes,feelin your goodbyes ,as i watch you dear brother,from heaven he smiles,hugs.

  1. Date: 5/14/2011 12:10:00 AM
    Nikko. The cat was the sign? Do you really think it's your brother? I just love this, and the skies streaked purple and pink. Wow, did this happen for you and the very day this year?? This is absolutely wonderful and I can't believe I missed it the other day. A Fave.

  1. Date: 5/13/2011 5:20:00 PM
    You see, there WAS A SIGN! A kitty! You drove some intense emotions into the audience in this honoring piece. The love of brother and sister is beautiful-especially when reflecting of childhood days. Your words are so direct and place a seat for the readers right beside you at your brother's grave site.....you are soooo talented! The more emotional you are, the better your poetry! This is going in to my favs along with other greats-honored u shared your heart here. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 8:23:00 AM
    My! nikko, a very touching poem. He must have been a wonderful bro,you love him sooo much and a very beautiful tribute to him. felt sad, he would've been my age now...Love to you dear, gautami

  1. Date: 5/8/2011 10:59:00 AM
    Sweet reminisce of the good times u had with your brother sweet friend Nikko.. a lovely tribute to his memory.. so young to pass onto another realm .. but who knows why? my J.J. would have been 19 had he lived ..also on May 6th.. what a sweet connection luv..

  1. Date: 5/7/2011 10:43:00 PM
    A very touching poem nikko,... Did not expect for it to be about your brother ... I really sat there sad cause with out reading your pOem.. I wrote one similar about colors ... But its the way I see them... They remind me of my little girl who can't be with me... The bright one.... This it one of your best writes ... Thanks 4 sharing... Always p.d..or pzztop...

  1. Date: 5/7/2011 12:31:00 PM
    Such a loving tribute to your brother, Nikko. I'm so sorry he died young. I'm glad you saw that sign as you drove away. A special, touching poem! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/7/2011 12:00:00 PM
    Heartfelt poem Nikko, I so miss my brother also. He died in 1969, aged 9. This sure wants to make me cry. Have a lovely weekend....:) James

  1. Date: 5/7/2011 1:39:00 AM
    Oops!typing errors!doing from mobile so....

  1. Date: 5/7/2011 1:30:00 AM
    let other read it at HOt POeMs Page.After 9 comments it is bound to be tnere;)

  1. Date: 5/7/2011 1:27:00 AM
    Revisited.My mind clouded up.....

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 11:27:00 AM
    Dear Nikko....you have moved me to tears, the emotion is filled with love, sadness, but gratitude for the time you had together. Oh, how you have filled my heart this morning. And the picture you have posted on your blog....is pure happiness in a strawberry field. What a treasure that photo is....so filled with joy in that field of sunshine! Cherish your memories, ....and please feel free to be happy for each one of them. He will feel your love from the other side:)xoxoxox

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 9:45:00 AM
    so moved, nikks... my parents have passed on and so did my 2brothers who saw the light at such young age, almost like yours.. a stirring piece that makes me remember how they are still with us in spirit... beautiful! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 9:39:00 AM
    This goes to my Favs Nikko.Very touching...

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 9:06:00 AM
    Nikko, this is such a thoughtful dedication to your brother. The part with your reflection in the car window adds so much to this poem.

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