Tag: Brothers and Sisters

suicide regrets: i missed the nuances of your decline

suicide regrets: i missed the nuances of your decline

A poem dedicated to my brother, a victim of suicide, who suffered in silence. Call the suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255.

You Left Us Too Soon: Open Letter to Steven Thomas Harvell on His Birthday

You Left Us Too Soon: Open Letter to Steven Thomas Harvell on His Birthday

I remember my brother now more with joy at what was than sadness about what will never be.

Fleeting

Fleeting

A footprint, a feather and a leaf, about to be swept away. Remembering my brother in a haiku.

Silent No More: Talking About Suicide

Silent No More: Talking About Suicide

Suicide is born of indescribable pain and causes indescribable pain. Hope is the only way to climb out of the abyss.

The Story of Chicken

The Story of Chicken

Family-memory stories gain a patina with age and become the stuff of legend. The Story of Chicken is one of those stories.

Looking Back and Finding Joy: Happy 51st, Dear Brother

Looking Back and Finding Joy: Happy 51st, Dear Brother

50-year old photographs celebrate the birthday and memory of one who left us too soon: Steven Thomas Harvell.

My Brother’s Suicide: Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

My Brother’s Suicide: Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

I have never said this in a public forum: my brother’s untimely death four years ago was a suicide. Hear my plea: if you’re hurting, please tell someone.

Two “First Day of School” Stories

Two “First Day of School” Stories

Two little stories about the first day of school range from joy to violent despair.

A Poem from Long Ago: “For You, Mom, On Your Brother’s Death”

A Poem from Long Ago: “For You, Mom, On Your Brother’s Death”

My uncle Nathan, my mother’s brother, would have been 70 this month. He was only 40 when he died in 1988. Sad and shocked, I wrote this poem for my Mom at the time and it was part of his memorial service.  Just today, I […]

Now You Know: a Poem for My Brother

Now You Know: a Poem for My Brother

Today would have been my brother’s 49th birthday.

This is a quiet little poem for him.

How Far is Heaven? Remembering Kim-n-Steve

How Far is Heaven? Remembering Kim-n-Steve

This little memoir is dedicated to everyone who loved my brother Steve, and has the same bigger-but-now-broken heart because of his presence in your life.


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