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“I’m your big brother”, he boasted
marveling at the tight clasp of diminutive
fist squeezing his single finger.
I’ll always protect you”, his pledge,
whispered into tiny ear, and year after year
that promise unbroken.
Fearless in the face of nightmares,
monsters in the dark, playground bullies,
false friends, heartbreaks, illnesses, lost love.
Persisting today, tired eyes telegraphing courage,
sparking strength, seeking to ease the fear
that this day might be his last.
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Attribution: RIA Novosti archive, image #881647 / Yuryi Abramochkin / CC-BY-SA 3.0