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His brother’s friends would seldom have discovered

that two sons had been born to Elby’s mother

no pictures did he show of older brother

and proudly he would indicate the others.

Poor Elby had died long before his suicide.


The much repeated stories of the family

excluded any references to Elby

as though that brother were a shameful memory

quite consciously abolished from their history.

Poor Elby had died long before his suicide.


Paternal identity seemed a family shame

entombed in the ignominy of Elby’s name.

His mother married and his siblings changed their name

but Elby was rejected as though he were to blame.

Poor Elby had died long before his suicide.


Misfit and outcast, dispatched to institutions

abandoned to a life of social destitution

with rare invitations from family relations

there’s nought to lose or gain he felt upon reflection.

Poor Elby had died long before his suicide.


A settlement they shared as though to seal a pact

that the truth of Elby’s life and the cause of his last act

would be bottled up in secrecy and abandoned to the tide.

Poor Elby had died long before his suicide.


The loss of a child his mother one day declared

was a tragedy she was thankful to say she had been spared.

Unremembered he had vanished along with the tide.

Poor Elby had died long before his suicide.


Copyright 2012 Pamela Barnett