You were my first friend, my first hero.
Until I discovered John Wayne.
Then our world grew large and mean.
You gave me music,
And then you left.
You made us learn to live without you.
We’d finally begun building a bridge.
Perhaps we’ll finish it soon.
But for now we must say farewell.
Fair winds and following seas, dear “Big Bother”*.
“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.”**
My Big Brother
January 8, 1952 – April 19, 2018
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
1 Corinthians 15:54 (NIV)
*Not a typo – a joke between siblings.
**From To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick, 1591 – 1674