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August 6, 2018

O.K., this was for my bro’s birthday. Also, it’s the very first draft so excuse the roughness.  🙂


In a galaxy far, far away…
I think of Leo
And, I smile.
I can hear a violin
a minute violin
playing alongside
a loving Stradivarius
And, I stand in awe.
And,I smile.
I can hear piano concertos
and smell his library
of encyclopedias
so thick
so unreachable
At 8 yrs. old
the avid reader
was undeterred
by the complexity
A History of Eighteen Century Vessels
the Holy Bible
or the instructions
to assemble a human body
When I think of Leo
I think of a sailor’s pipe
and a rocking chair
I think of the He-Man strength
with which he saved mom
from handicapping heights,
the speed
to hold a school girl
as she got projected
from a bus frame
and the coolness
with which he extinguished
a kitchen fire in our home
saving others is one of his strengths
I was told
And I stand in awe.

When I think of Leo,
I think of water guns
little red beans
that burn your skin
when rubbed
I think of badminton
and, Lady, our dog
I think of Coyolxauhquis
and museum trips
I think of India, Puerto Rico and Rome
When I think of Leo
I think of rainforest ants
trailing after the rain
in Mayan lands,
and centipedes
in Chichen-Itza
painting boats with dad
And, I stand in awe.
And, I smile.

When I think of Leo
I see a brother who protected me
from a tarantula
a woman with lepric skin
And, I see a lush garden
our very first paradise
where he once collected
huge leaves for a test flight
I see ice cream in a helmet
and “motorcycle” rides
with handles of boy hands
And, I stand in awe and I smile.

When I think of Leo
I think of so many places
So many people
So many times
And, I think of the boy
who wanted to heal
and I stand in awe
because, soon, his dream will be real
At 45 he doesn’t seem deterred
to mount on a flight
and reach a new height
He’ll chase after Skeletor 
He’ll give Luke a new arm
Only God knows
what the new career shrouds
I will always be in the garden
so lush and so thick
watching him fly
to galaxies far and near
And I’ll stand in awe
when I think of Leo
I’ll always have a smile. 


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