As you can see, am still stuck in Freedom 😉 But it seems only fitting this week, and after tomorrow, I promise, I’ll be done! This post is about freedom too, but of a different kind, the ‘permanent’ kind, ‘Freedom of the Spirit’…
Its been 19 months since we lost my brother to DMD and have been dealing as best we can, with the empty spaces he left behind. I have now reached a place (I like to think, with his help, ‘coz how else?), where I can remember him without falling apart. Instead, though the inevitable pain of his absence remains (as it always will), I choose to remember him with joy. Joy, that he brought so much of, into our lives. I know that although he spent most of his life, physically confined, he was always a free spirit! I salute that spirit, sometimes envy it and always, always aspire to it 🙂
He was a completely audiovisual media person – my polite way of saying he watched TV 24/7!! That’s where he got his vast stores of knowledge from! Sometimes it seemed like he knew everything about everything…in that annoying way that brothers have 😉 We shared a love of wildlife and nature and music and movies, although our tastes in the latter tended to differ! He wasn’t crazy about books though, the way I am. Literature was never quite his thing, although he read his monthly copy of National Geographic from cover to cover! So I was pleasantly surprised, when he presented me with this poem he had written, after I shared my first one with him (He was my biggest fan! Completely biased in my favor!). As far as I know, it’s the only poem he ever wrote and while it’s not Wordsworth or Browning or the rest…it’s very very special to me, because it’s so like him – direct, to the point and profoundly simple 🙂
This is my tribute to my brother’s ‘Free Spirit’, on the eve of my Country’s Independence day. Here is to you, Bro! May you stay forever as you were here on Earth – Happy, Independent & Forever Free!