For a Friend Whose Older Brother Has Killed Himself

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There will now always be
a gnarl in your shoulder
blade—the left side, the one

that will twitch whenever
the phone rings. You will
forget him in your prayers

but he will ripen into your dreams,
gently defiant, remorseless
as a nightshirt about to be stashed

in the cabinet under the sink
where you collect your rags.
There, on the kitchen table,

the laptop on which he composed
his suicide note turns into a mirror
which reflects you both

at that age at which neither
one of you could manage
a grimace or a smile.

His left ear grows a hole
that is shedding its
dark music. And on his lips

you will read the words of a song
in which every other line rhymes
with cover or flinch.

FOR A FRIEND WHOSE OLDER BROTHER HAS KILLED HIMSELF by Tom Daley


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A machinist for over twenty years, Tom Daley leads writing workshops online and in the Boston area. His poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Fence, Crazyhorse, Witness, and elsewhere. FutureCycle Press published his first book, House You Cannot Reach—Poems in the Voice of My Mother and Other Poems

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