Friday, November 20, 2009

Brothers

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"Brothers" are not born
they are made
from the old vine that
grew wild in the first
primordial desert,
searching for water
as it scoured the earth.

"Brothers" carve their names
on each others' wrists
and mingle blood,
an ancient boyhood ritual
bonding the lives of two
who grew in different wombs.

"Brothers" would sooner
sink to the ocean's bottom
than betray one another.
They will go into the abyss
hand in hand and come up shining.

For all eternity . . . the word, "Brother"
avows a sacred trust, bonded in the heart,
a crown to shine on manhood
and may it always be.

Joanne Cucinello

10 comments:

  1. Absolutely fantastic!

    The first stanza, I have to say is well-written. It is a perfect imagery for the idea you are trying to depict through your words! Marvelous!

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  2. Thank you so much, Kaibee!
    It's good to know that what I tried to convey in this poem was received so well.
    I really value your comment.
    Joanne

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  3. What an interesting poem. Do you think there are some ways in which brotherhood is inherently different than sisterhood, or does this apply to both?

    The second stanza is my favourite -- I like the image of blood joining two people are brothers.

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  4. You know, Adelaide, I think that the "brotherhood" I speak of is more passionate. It kind of roars . . . like a lion in battle, while the "sisterhood", as I've come to know it, is very much a "womb" thing, a sense of knowing we are threaded together inescapably . . . without question, without needing to be that vine that scours the earth. Sisterhood is more collective and rooted in the "clan".
    Maybe I can say it better if I try again . . . but both are so noble.
    Thank you.
    Joanne

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  5. Thank you, Stranger. I really appreciate your kind comment. Glad you liked it.
    Joanne

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  6. lovely piece, great pen.
    thanks for sharing.

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  7. Thank you, diipo! I'm so glad you commented and liked this piece.
    Joanne

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  8. What a great poem! It flows beautifully and creates so much emotion. You are a talented writer.

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  9. Your words are so kind, pluto!
    Thanks very much . . .
    Joanne

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