Recife, Brazil
Recife, Brazil

Blue Recife… salty, warm ocean

Writing to feel my life

When I see your smile

I remember I forgot mine

My younger brother died in March 2012, after 4 brave years battling a sarcoma cancer.

Cancer took over his body but not his soul.
His smile was always there, widely spread on his beautiful face.
He endured all treatments with incredible mental strength and a positive attitude.
He never gave up; he showed an undeterred determination and will to live, till the last minute, till the last second, till the last breath.

How silly we are with our little problems….

I made this haiku in 2011; thinking of him.


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4 thoughts on “Missing

  1. I understand. My step-dad passed after 18months of chemo and fighting. Seeing them smile, does remind us not to forget ours.
    The pain does not go away, but you learn to accept it as part of life. So functioning and eventually living ‘normally’ gets easier. My mom says the pain of losing my brother is more than any she has ever or will ever deal with. She also says she would never want the pain to go away because it means his memory is still with her, for one day she will probably succumb to alzheimer’s due to a brain injury and she may not remember any of us. A bit somber, I know, but also part of life.


    1. Thanks for your considerate comment.
      It’s exactly as you described. Acceptance is key and we move on with our lives; mothers’ though have a harder time. My mom says until today that parents are supposed to go first…it’s not somber the way your mom thinks; what they feel is very strong and difficult to overcome.
      Keeping memories alive is a great thing and it helps healing too. That’s why I never forget his smile.

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