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The Younger Brother

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   by Randall Stephen Hall © 11.2.17

You fumble your thoughts
Like a dropped ball
Or string of prayer beads.
Each narrow moment
A blanket, to cover
Your scraped knees
And the burnt elbows
Of a damaged nationalism.

I am the small child
To you, the bully.
You tug and pull me.
Push and shove me
To be something
That I am not
And neither are you.
For you never ever were
This imagined thing.

You know better than me
Or so I am told, by you.

But I am stubborn.
I am thran.
As thran as any Derry whan.
I do not give up
Or give in easily, to thoughts
With poor architecture.
It’s the way I’m made
Or rather, the grade
Of my blue slate  
To your hard rain.

You bounce off the slope
And the angle of my sharp roof
To just pour down the drain
Until the next time.
You evaporate upwards.
Heading for the cloud
And an imagined archive
Of heroes, invaders
And nothing in between.

That’s a real narrow
Catholic, middle class dream.

You could write upon me
And my blue slate.
But I would only rub it off
To find my own words
To add up and calculate
Who I am and where I’m at.
Until you send more rain
To soak my rough door mat.

For I am an Irish man.
But that uncomfortable thing.
A Northern, Irish, man.
An illegitimate bastard child
To your twisted ideas
Of family.

All the world can see that.
But you have yet to waken up
To that fact or even get it.
It rests upon my tongue
Like an expectant butterfly.

For my one broken wing
And the pull of yours, equally crippled
Could create a wind
To shake the trees
On the other side of the world.

Will you join me?

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