HOW DO I SAY GOODBYE by Robert Hewett Sr.

HOW DO I SAY GOODBYE

(My brother Haskell passed away on June 28, 2009, just one day short of the 48thanniversary of our father’s death of June 29, 1961.)

Born on Valentines Day in twenty-nine

No doctor around but he's doing fine.

Third of six, or sixth of nine,

He is the middle of this line.

Sturdy little guy as you would hope to find.

Saw every thing with an open mind.


Always independent and resourceful.

He was the one who could save money.

None of the others were good at that.

Growing up in Backwoods Texas

He was an expert with a slingshot.

He hunted and fished with a plan

Always with success using his strategy.


He and I connived to catch a skunk

and make a pet of that little creature.

I was eight and he was twelve.

My job was to hold the skunk’s tail down

So that my brother could stuff him in a sack.

His plan was good, except for my part.

The skunk turned to bite me,

I let go and ran to the field to tell Dad.

Haskell got sprayed in the face, but

true to his determination, sacked the skunk.

We kept him in an outdoor cage until he dug out.

Succeeded in the Army to Lt. Colonel in rank.

He is my rock, my idol, the one I thank

For a brother so good and loving to me.

Haskell Othell you are my strong oak tree.

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY, your brother

ROBERT JOSEPH

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Author’s note: I didn’t say goodbye. We

talked every day or two until he could

no longer carry a conversation. He was

tough, he hung in there 4 or 5 months

longer than predicted by his doctor.

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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Robert, I'm sorry for your loss. Your brother sounds like he was a great guy. Maybe this poem is your way of saying goodbye.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You a probably right Molly. We fought a lot growing up but remained close all of our lives. We both wanted to live to at least 80 years. He lived 80 years plus 4 months. I will be 80 next year, God willing.

Thanks for reading my poem. Bob


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

Robert ,I absolutely loved this! Especially about you two catching a skunk! I just had the cutest pic in my mind of two young boys on a mission to catch a skunk! Voted funny and am now following you! Loved it!


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks Rusti, among my hubpage poems are two true story poems about my brother and me. One is titled HOW TO CATCH A SKUNK and the other is titled RUN BOBBY RUN about a time we were chased by a mean cow.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

What a great relationship... and sympathy for your loss, seen even in these words years later. I think you were saying your goodbye long before he left...and he knew your ache of loosing him even as you were.

A tender portrayal of your love and loss, and the memories you treasure.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you frogyfish for your wonderful comment. I sure miss my talks with my brother event though we disagreed on politics and recollection of our childhood events. We laughed a lot about incidents when we were children and left to our own devices much of the time. I will be over to read for you.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I consider it a pleasure to read such a loving tribute to your dear brother. You and are are sharing many similarities as we are discovering by reviewing each others hubs. Your brother passed in 2009 as mine did. He passed one day short of your dear Dads passing, my dear Dad passed one year to the day that my brother did. You lost them both in June, as we did as well, both on June 23rd.

It breaks my heart to know another human being was feeling and grieving with the same loss and pain that we were and I send my sincerest of blessings. You, however did him so proud. I am comforted to know that my brother and Dad had the divine pleasure of meeting two wonderful souls - your dear Dad and brother.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you Irish Eyes, I look forward to reading more of your work and keeping in touch.


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LadyFiddler 4 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi this is a wonderful tribute to your brother. I to can relate as I lost a brother when he was only five . He died in 2000 April 28th . I wept bitterly and cried it has been 12 years and some months since his passing and I still miss him like crazy. I wrote a few poems about my darling brother.

I was seven years old than him but we were very close I LOVED him from the day I saw him, he was my only brother , i have three sisters.

I still cry and miss him very much, I rest assure because I know He is with our Saviour Jesus Christ, waiting till I cross that swelling tide.

May God continue to comfort you heart in everyday.

Peace be unto you from Adoni

~~~shalom~~~


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you very much Adoni for this wonderful comment. I feel your loss of your brother and I know it will never go away, but as time goes on you remember the good times and happy smiles more than anything else.

Bless you and yours this Holiday season. Robert


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kathryn1000 4 years ago from London

This seems likea truly wonderful brotherly love..

and so beautifully described


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you Kathryn for reading and commenting on my tribute to my brother. I will be over to read for you.

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