Road North

I went down to forensics yesterday
they asked for a sample of DNA
They had found some bones
yet unidentified.

I turn and turn
like an apple being peeled
At home I dust the plastic flowers
surrounding your picture brother.

Today they opened a bag of bones
which they say is you
I laid them out on a table
counted the few.

There is so little of you brother
a shattered femur
a clavicle, three ribs
a skull with four holes.

Can it be there is so little of you?
I put your bones in the bag
signed for you and
brushed the dirt from my hand.

I did not tell anyone
I had received so little of you
not even your wife and children
How can so little be a brother?

Spent more than an hour
arranging your few bones
in the bottom of a coffin
only it knows how little it holds.

The gangs came smiling to your funeral
and momma whispered “Es hora de ir”
your brother, your wife and children
have taken to the long road north.
.

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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10 Responses to Road North

  1. beetleypete says:

    Powerful indeed, Frank.
    Have you ever seen this film?
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085482/
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. toritto says:

    Pete – Amazon Prime over here says “This title currently unavailable.” ll have to wait

    Thanks and regards

    Like

  3. Chagall says:

    I hear you, Frank. But all those on the road should consider banding together and fixing the wrongs back home. Are we now advocating to have entire countries that stand like the burned out tenements of the South Bronx once stood? It is not an easy problem to rectify – I appreciate that. But the solution is not mass exodus. IMHO. —CC

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  4. toritto says:

    Easier said than done CC, especially when your government is controlled by oligarchical elites that don’t give a damn about you. Think of fleeing Nazi Germany when individual resistance was futile and would only get you and your family killed. Best regards

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  5. Heartfelt, Frank ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Maggie says:

    Such a difficult journey. And honestly, wouldn’t we all try to do the same to save our own?

    Liked by 1 person

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