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A Collage For Dale

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A Collage For Dale

Here you are, only twelve, at our kitchen table.
Such a carrot top you were! Strangers used to think
you were our red-head mother’s natural son.

And here’s that photo you took of me at college.
Though you’re not in it, how could I ever forget
it was you in front of me that snapped that shot?
For I’m laughing and so glad you came to see me!

In this one, all ten of us are in the back yard
dressed in our Sunday best - our first big reunion!
I’m nearly 30;  just look at my silly perm!
Folks still mistake me for Dori in this picture!
Look how Mom and Thea - for once - are smiling!
You’re standing behind me, in a lovely grey suit,
only 32 and almost out of law school!

Here from more recent pictures, this shows a rare time 
we  were joined, but sadly,  for Dad‘s funeral.
You‘re not in this one, Dale . . . nor in any others.
That picture in our back yard was to be the last.
My dear stepbrother, the best man I ever knew -
Taken from us so young. . .  you remain beloved.


Written 10/9/13

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  1. Date: 11/13/2013 11:36:00 AM

    Such a fine tribute to Dale, Andrea! Many congrats on your win in the contest! Julie :-)

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 9:13:00 AM

    This is so sad, you pulled us into your pictures. What a lovely heartfelt piece.

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 7:42:00 AM

    How can one not be emotional with these thoughts - I'm sure Dale is smiling and feeling this tribute

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 12:19:00 AM

    congrats Andrea!

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 9:09:00 PM

    Congratulations on the win, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 7:59:00 PM

    congrats on your win Andrea....thanks for your encouraging words ....hugs

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 7:32:00 PM

    All the joy of a BIG family! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 6:12:00 PM

    I felt every word and was left with a lump in my throat...a definite heartfelt collage...and super winning poem

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 1:59:00 PM

    Andrea, congratulations on the well deserved win. Belated condolences for your loss. I was just as captivated as the first time I read this. Going in my faves

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 11:45:00 AM

    congrats on your win! hugs

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 11:09:00 AM

    Oh so sad...I love your description of your carrot top...congrats my dear. BG

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 11:07:00 AM

    Such a sad write on someone you miss. Nice tribute Andrea for your step brother Dale.love phyl

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 10:12:00 AM

    Andrea, this is such a sweet tribute to your step brother. First I was laughing about the perm, lol, didn't we all have one of those perms :) and then at the end, I cried. Sorry he was taken from your family so early. You did a wonderful job on the collage poem.

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 7:07:00 AM

    Oh wow, sure glad i've read this Andrea, i don't need reminding you are a wondrous poet, but if i had, this sure would bring me back on track.....amazing from you your diversity so astute. so wonderful....

  1. Date: 10/13/2013 8:47:00 AM

    A beautiful, heart-felt tribute to a loved one..

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 9:03:00 PM

    This is a very lovely poem bringing back good mem'ries w/ a person who once became a big part of your life my dear friend Andrea. A great poem and dedication as well. Thank you so much for sharing! Have a very wonderful weekend to u & your love ones. love lots & big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 6:44:00 PM

    Such a heart warming collage that says so much about your relationship with your step-brother. How wonderful is this!?

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 4:36:00 PM

    So many memories when we look at old pictures, nicely done Andrea ;} <3

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 9:05:00 AM

    Looking at old photos is a real emotional thing. Makes you want to bring people and things back to life in another time. Good stuff. Love, daver

    austin Avatar daver austin Date: 10/12/2013 9:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A sort of through the looking glass experience.
  1. Date: 10/12/2013 7:14:00 AM

    A heartfelt beautiful tribute. Fantastic write.

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 6:04:00 AM

    What a wonderful glimpse into a part of your life. And a beautiful tribute to your stepbrother. Well done.

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 4:55:00 AM

    The joys of life are balanced by our sorrows. It is just the way of the forces of nature. Thank-you for visiting and sharing.

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 2:39:00 AM

    beautiful words. A truly loving tribute filled with love and warmth. =)

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 1:52:00 AM

    Andrea this journey through time and part of your life is a very poignant one, you make it so visual that the reader can almost see the pics, very well written...David

  1. Date: 10/11/2013 9:29:00 PM

    a beyond exceptional write and you fed it a bit of your soul, i see you- beautiful.

  1. Date: 10/11/2013 4:30:00 PM

    Andrea, this is so touching and heart wrenching at the same time. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poetic story :)

  1. Date: 10/11/2013 2:31:00 PM

    love this heartfelt gem, my friend. thanks for the place in your contest - had great fun. Congrats on your wins, of course x

  1. Date: 10/11/2013 1:10:00 PM

    This is a heartfelt piece Andrea, really a beauty ;)

  1. Date: 10/11/2013 12:42:00 PM

    I'm an only child, so I can't imagine the sorrow of losing a sibling. Sad, yet a fine remembrance of your brother... jack

  1. Date: 10/11/2013 10:26:00 AM

    very touching write Andrea...

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