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My Brothers Soul

My brother was killed last year in the streets of Pittsburgh, and I haven't been the same ever since. I've moarned his death from then to now and I'm afraid that it will never end. I miss my older brother so much 1/7/63- 10/9/2012




While smuggling my brothers soul to the ground 
pieces of his armor fell to my feet.

I want to cry but my father gave me a male name
so I will shed my tears underneath his sheets
If you knew my brother you would help
me drag him across the street or better 
yet could you just grab him by his feet.

But wait... there’s a flicker of hope everybody put 
away the dope or maybe you should wait until 
he wakes you know he’s going to want to smoke

I have licked the wounds of my brothers pain away.
I’ve been shoved into a nightmare pushed around
In the air like a lifeless cloud. 

My hasten look is quickened by the creedy steps 
who took away your fate and left me here to hate.

My brother,  your story is a quik one,
your waves are Long and heavy, twisted by the 
forgotten slaves of today constrained with 
your broken down belief in tomorrow.

I want to pick up yesterdays dirt that belongs to
you..... but I’m afraid to dirty your hands. 

Just close your eyes............. so I could go to sleep.


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  1. Date: 3/1/2014 8:51:00 AM
    Touchin n moving real life sadness portrayd. I hate all killers of innocents wheter they be a state or individual. Yors was a powerful dirge poem, captivating by poetic standards even if sadening. So move on sister, poet...

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 6:40:00 PM
    Hi there..This poem put a lump in my troath and misted my eyes.It carries emotion..pain..loss..It touched me deep . 'That broken down believe in tomorrow'..says it all..and it hurts knowing we can do nothing..but this life is just a short passage..Im sure he s in a better life resting in serenity..Maybe you can go to sleep and dream beautifully for a change. Excellent poem..sinciere thoughts!!!Btw tnks for your kindness re my humble verse : )

  1. Date: 10/2/2013 7:50:00 AM
    Sean, your poem is both emotional and sad. It takes a lot when expressing a loss with words... the deeper the pain deeper the words. heartfelt........ SKAT

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 9:40:00 AM
    I have had heartfelt moments in my life but nothing like what you write here, this is in it's own right wonderful poetry, yet how can one say that, power to you poet.. your caring will never go unnoticed. .

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 5:01:00 PM
    Chilling in its sorrow...just on the edge of darkness. Very Well Done! So much good poetry comes from sadness...

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 11:58:00 AM
    Awesome write Sean, Put a tear in my eye, also because of the fact my brother died two yrs ago May 6th. I know how you feel. It stings still. Every-time I see a moth trying to come in. mine is called My Brother Bill.

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 9/3/2013 3:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Debbie I well aware of your poetry excellent body of work, I can't wait to read your poem about your brother, thank you for stopping by.
  1. Date: 9/2/2013 6:45:00 PM
    Very touching piece Sean. I know what its like to lose someone so suddenly. I to also lost someone dear to me last year. Three members of my family died in a car crash at the same time. You feel so helpless and so broken words could never truly express. Much peace and love.....Mustapha

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 9/3/2013 3:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so very much Mustapha your kindness means so much. Thank you Sir
  1. Date: 8/27/2013 6:44:00 PM
    A sorrowful and sad poem, full of love for your passed brother. I am so sorry for your loss, and I know the feeling of losing a sibling. I lost my sister, she wasn't killed on the streets of Pittsburg. I was close to her, now I am very close to her in soul and nothing but thoughts of her now. Not even a single piece of cloth or picture to remind me... I am sad and this is a sad poem, that brought a tear to my eyes. So sad and you and your brother are in my prayers. Great poem Sean!! :)

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 9/2/2013 8:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Christoph thank you so very much, I'm sorry for the passing of your sister and I wish you nothing but the best. Thank you what you said really means alot. Peace be with you my poet friend.
  1. Date: 8/27/2013 11:23:00 AM
    What a tear jerker sean, this is emotionally stirring read. I can feel the deep love you have for, your brother, in every line...my condolences to you, sean blessings always, my friend <3 cherie

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 8/27/2013 12:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Cherie, you have always been so very nice with your confort I'm truly thankful to you. I want to thank you for your compassion.
  1. Date: 8/27/2013 5:27:00 AM
    Oh my, such raw gripping honesty and grief here. I understand your pain. I lost my older sister a long time ago. Our older siblings are supposed to always be here to watch out for us, and when they leave we are left adrift, but over time we come to realize they left pieces of themselves with us and we learn to embrace the memories and the love that will never leave.

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 8/27/2013 9:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Monterey you're such a soft caring poet thank you very much for your thoughts and kindness. I'm a fan of your poetry poet.
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 6:07:00 PM
    wow...I chose to read this one because I lost my brother the day after he turned 49, not a day goes by I don't think of it, so I can relate...your words hit hard, what a beautiful yet sad dedication to your brother...hugs

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 8/27/2013 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sandra!!! I'm sorry for your lost and thank you so much for your kind thoughts. Thank you so much.
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 2:14:00 PM
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    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 8/26/2013 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are a good person Mystic, be who you are poet.
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 1:52:00 PM
    Sean, no words can truly express the extent of your pain and loss. I felt your anguish with each line and my heart aches for what you have and continue go through. My deepest condolences. Hugs

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 8/26/2013 1:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Cecilla, thank you so so much I'm very thankful for your kind comments. Have a wonderful week.
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 1:22:00 PM
    Sean, sorry to hear about your brother. I don't know what to say. I know how it feels to never returning the way you were before the loss. My heart is for you this very moment. Would you like to share his name... love .. a friend & fan... LINDA

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 8/26/2013 1:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Edward Bernard Sanders III
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 12:38:00 PM
    WOW Sean.. my heart goes out to you deeply for having experienced something so dreadful. Your writing is magnificently expressed in such eloquent mournful verse. I am ill inside for all the hate that causes such destruction leaving us grasping for answers.

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 8/26/2013 1:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you karen for your kindness and soothing thoughts. Thank you so very much
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 8:00:00 AM
    Tremendous & emotionally hard-hitting. Such controlled rage within every heartbeat you expressed here. I'd be the same or worse as you, if I were in your shoes. Respect to you for this.

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 8/26/2013 8:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much my friend, I really appreciate your thoughts you will never know how much your words mean to me. So many African American people are being killed for no real reason I don't believe there's ever a reason to take somebody's life. Thank you again poet.
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 7:43:00 AM
    Sean the love for your brother and the heartache and sadness you feel are still so raw. Evident in this piece of yours. Be strong and remember the good times. We all have our ways of dealing with grief.. *hugs* Wilma

    Sanders Avatar Sean L Sanders
    Date: 8/26/2013 8:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you sister for your comments, by the way I love your poetry it brings a little comfort to my dreary moments. Thank you for the medicine of words.