Bio Note: I am a married father of two and an educator teaching disadvantaged youth and adults in rural Missouri. I have a Master's Degree in English Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri and currently edit the poetry magazine Sparks of Calliope. My second collection of poems, Memoirs of a Witness Tree, will be published this year by Kelsay Books. My poems have been featured by Halftime Magazine, The Hypertexts, and Snakeskin, among other publications.
We Siblings Three
Attempt to add the hours we have shared: One hundred thousand, maybe thousands more? Our paths conjoined for several years before We struck out on our own and even dared Imagine we would chase our dreams beyond The borders of our joyful, sheltered lives. But now we live with husband and with wives In separate towns and rarely correspond, Or so it seems when measured and compared To neighborhood crusades we daily swore Would never end. But we would soon respond To destiny. What from those days survives? That we still share a special sibling bond Though kept apart by long, infrequent drives.
Originally published in Nine Muses Poetry
The deepest wells of grief reside next door, Just out of sight and in the back of mind, Abstract enough that most observers find The time to sigh but then do little more. Those most involved can’t simply walk away. Their lives have changed forever from now on— Those who remain defined by who is gone, Those gone defined by who is forced to stay. They greet the ones who come to say goodbye And smile when all they want to do is cry. Their well of anguish never can run dry, Replenished by the next in line to die. When death strikes down a stranger’s soul, they care— But empathy is more than they can bear.
Originally published in Snakeskin
©2020 Randal A. Burd, Jr.
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