treasured snap

 

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    Gordon Hemmings meets Alan Hemmings, after sixty eight years silence

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    close cousins,  seven-decade separated:

    fraught drama, headlines bold-stated;

    violent death divided them, years passed,

    ragged hems frayed, no faith held fast.

     

    one teen dreamer, one school achiever;

    Peartree Baptist boys, neither believer;

    one wove fabric, one taught teenagers,

    one adventured, one became play-stager.

     

    embraces unpractised, tongues paralysed,

    no letters exchanged, nothing analysed;

    this reconciler dived deep, no hesitance:

    online searches, painful little evidence.

     

    clues then offered, blurred my tears;

    silent their decades, many yearning years,

    brother-like bond unlocked, reconnected,

    ties tightened, love-laces long neglected.

     

    father accompanied on final pilgrimage

    happy waves captured, emotional image:

    cloth-capped cousins, treasured snap,

    firm handshake clasps closed that gap.

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    “When you see them coming you’ll smile—big smiles! Your heart will swell and, yes, burst! All those people returning by sea for the reunion, a rich harvest of exiles gathered in from the nations”! Isaiah 60: 5

    After 68 years these close cousins eventually re-united for 24 hours. Mere weeks before an all family re-union that cousin died of a heart attack….through Gordon Hemmings’ funeral, my wife soon discovered relatives that she never knew existed. That story for another poem!

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