Drifting Shoreward. A poem of loss of a brother.

For my brother, Ian. Today would be his 41st Birthday.

26-05-78 - 05-11-17

Living between the realms of heaven and hell,

Detached from my soul, my body an empty shell.

I feel your spirit with me, you’re everywhere I go,

Are you safe? Are you happy? That’s all I want to know.

I wish I could go with you, I wish that you could stay,

As long as we’re together, I’d be happy either way.

You saved my life, you saved my soul,

You‘re the one who made me whole.

I made a promise to keep moving forward,

And although I’m drowning, I’m drift shoreward.

I won’t let you down, I’ll never give up,

I‘ll search for happiness and fill my cup.

Thank you big brother for all that you did,

You never grew old, you were just a big kid.

Thanks for the smiles, the laughs and the jokes,

For introducing me to so many funny folks.

Thanks for the memories, the times you pulled pranks,

For embarrassing me so much - I never said thanks.

I treasure the times we stayed up too late,

Driving around, singing to music we thought was great.

You taught me neat tricks and how to act tough,

Always gave me praise and made me feel I was enough.

You always believed in me and patted me on the back,

And gave me the strength and courage to always stay on track.

I never got to tell you what it meant to have you on my side,

To be your little sister fills my heart and soul with pride.

I know that you are with me, I hold you in my heart,

And as long as you are there, we will never be apart.

Written in memory of Ian Stewart Masson.

26-05-78 - 05-11-17.

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