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A Birthday Rose

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A Birthday Rose

Today I went out and bought a rose for your birthday.
Its been a long time since I've seen you, not sure what to say.
I don't know if your going to be angry or upset at me.
So I'll just get you this and come visit and we'll see. 

I am sorry its been so long, but I've been afraid.
I had reasons why I didn't, but it was excuses I made.
From now on I promise you, I will not make any others.
I miss seeing you and talking to you, we are brothers.

You probably already heard, but I graduated.
I just thought I'd try and keep you updated.
I need to ask you something, I just don't understand.
If you were in trouble, why did you not ask for my hand?

We are brothers, that's what were here for, that's what we do.
I mean there isn't anything I wouldn't have done to help you.
But I guess that is the person in this life you became.
I am asking because I am beginning to feel the same.

But I stopped by to say happy birthday and to give you this.
I am going to come by more often, so I can reminisce.
If it is at all possible, I want you to try and behave.
For now I'll say I love you, and leave this rose on your grave.  

**In loving memory for my brother Kevin.**
***For Carol Brown's Contest, “Write a poem for yourself.”***

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  1. Date: 10/2/2011 6:33:00 PM
    Wonderfully written, Chris. Well deserved first place win.

  1. Date: 10/2/2011 6:04:00 PM
    So touchy and awesome,Chris.Congratulations on your well deserved win...

  1. Date: 9/30/2011 11:19:00 PM
    Congrats Chris on first place win with this dynamic write and entry so beautiful luv..

  1. Date: 9/30/2011 7:20:00 PM
    Congratulations Chris. But it is very sad. I am dealing with final illness of my loved brother right now. I am sorry for your loss. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/30/2011 6:28:00 PM
    You did yourself proud Chris. Congratulations I enjoyed the poem you wrote for yourself. I am sure your brother knows exactly how you feel. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/28/2011 4:07:00 PM
    AAH ,,I FEEL FOR THESE WORDS. WHEN MY AUNT DIED I WAS LOST AND TILL NOW I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO COME OUT OF THE SHOCK. I WROTE ONE POEM FOR HER TREPIDATIONS..SOON AFTER HER DEATH. THE POEM IS ACTUALLY ABT WHAT SHE TOLD ME IN HER LAST HOURS AND I TRIED TO PUT IT IN WORDS. I MISS HER..EXCELLENT WRITE CHRIS

  1. Date: 9/28/2011 8:28:00 AM
    Thank you for supporting Write A Poem For Yourself Chris. Love, Carol