What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

Which one are you again?


If this is my brother’s birthday, then why does my sister not know it?
Show my mother his picture and she will say, “Not mine,”
but I would sign the line affirming his name as a fixture in my life,
state under oath that this man has always been my brother
and always will be. Don’t bother with blood, the bond is just as strong,
if not stronger, long forged, enduring longer still.
You see the shared smile there on both our faces, the same style
in both work and play, this underlying drive to take the world
and make it a little better place to live by striving to be a bit better
as men every day, by saying what we mean and doing what we say,
in sometimes separate ways, yes, through often different means,
yet both laying down our hours in service to family and fellow man,
hands tapping beats on each table where we sit, beating on each other
until we can’t sit, better hands dealing beats to fish at any table where we sit.
And though we rarely get together nowadays, how our steps stay linked,
somehow always falling back in sync, this is a thing not easily explained,
not with pain and time, song and rhyme and so many other joys of life lived
largely side-by-side providing the common ties for two young boys growing
into distinct and distinguished men, but always bound to be brothers.
He ain’t heavy…

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What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

About Andrew.

Andrew Cartwright grew up in Indianapolis, IN, but has lived over the years in such places as Denver, CO; Fairfax, VA; and Rivne, Ukraine. He is a former nonfiction editor for both Indiana Review and phoebe; he has also worked for the intersectional feminist journal, So To Speak, and the national literary magazine, Electric Literature. His work has appeared in The Normal School Online, Copper Nickel, Esquire Ukraine, Literary Hub, and Word Riot.

For more information about me and links to other writing, visit my author page at cartwriter.com