I HOPE THAT I'D

If eldest brother
  Attacked his wife
Brought children's mother
  To hellish strife
Attacked like savage
  His children, too
Their lives to ravage
  Break them in two
I hope that I'd
  Step in to stop
Demonic ride
  Bestill his crop.

As you let yours
  Rampage unchecked
Inflicted sores
  Our chances wrecked
No family we
  No children seen
How could it be
  Father so mean.

Last chance have you
  Even the score
Yourselves be true
  A late-life chore:
Your brother sober
  Before the end
Lest life be over
  Without amend.
© 2006 by Michael J. Farrand


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