Grieving Brothers

Are you afraid to reveal your sorrow
as we stand next to our brother’s casket?

Is your heart caught off guard
as I drape my arm over your shoulder?

Your body becomes rigid like drying concrete.

You move away as if yanking a dressing
from an unhealed wound.

Was your mourning too unbearable
to allow my affection to touch your heartache?

You turn and walk away.

I grieve the loss of another brother.

After closing his practice of 35 years in 2011 as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and with the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames,” in 2014, David C. Weiss has been devoted to writing poetry and leading workshops for new poets. He is on the faculty of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine and a visiting instructor of poetry at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. David plays the “shakuhachi,” a Japanese end-blown bamboo flute used by monks of the “Fuke” school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of “suizen” (blowing meditation). He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can follow David on his website.

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