While family ties unite its members,
and their kinship grows with age,
relationships between two brothers,
often difficult to gauge,
will always forge the great adventures
and encompass love and rage.
There is no greater bond or bearing
than two brothers, now adults,
whose had as youths their endless sharing
and enduring vast insults,
but also sworn to keep conspiring
and keep secret those results.
The fistfights would be long forgotten,
like the girls and comic books,
and pulling kites that wouldn't heighten
in the northern-bound Chinooks.
Those past events now seem rewritten,
in amidst those dirty looks.
That brothers change is not surprising,
when they've stood up, side by side,
two boys against the bullies, choosing
to defend each others' pride.
So when they talk about their bruising,
it's the front they must provide.
Jack has published over 350 poems in his career, many with his own photography. He specializes in a view of the commonplace and Americana.