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BROTHER GENE, by            
First Line: He differed from the others; they were kind
Last Line: And how we miss him since he went away.
Subject(s): Brothers; Death; Longing; Nostalgia; Half-brothers; Dead, The


He differed from the others; they were kind
But he possessed those understanding ways
That so appeal to women. He would praise
Fresh, snowy curtains, saying, "Seems to me
These must be new ones; couldn't possibly
Be those we had; they look so crisp and new."
He realized how much a word or two
Of praise will lighten labor. .... He was one
Who noticed everything, so it was fun
To keep things shining. .... Pausing at the door
He used to say, "Why, kid, this kitchen floor
Is scrubbed too white to walk on." .... He would bring
Wild roses for the table and in spring
Sweet wild-plum blossoms. .... How he used to love
The red geraniums. .... Today, above
His head their scarlet clusters nod and sway,
And how we miss him since he went away.





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