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Miraculous Moments We Missed: To My Brother Now Gone Away

Updated on August 1, 2011

This reflective poem first occurred to me on September 9, 2010 upon leaving Houston, Texas, where I had just helped bury with military honors my younger brother, Donald G. Havlick, a life-long defense attorney, who after 75 years and 151 days, passed into eternal life on the morning of Tuesday, August 10, 2010.

Miraculous Moments We Missed
(to Donald G. Havlick, 1935-2010)

Sensible seniors can list
miraculous moments we missed.

Infancy crawled back to bed,
while harm hurried on straight ahead.

Kinsmen we cherished the most,
we treated most times like burnt toast.

Reasoning smells like abuse;
our busy was but an excuse.

Now, in our own twilight times,
we yearn for some innocent rhymes.

Copyright © 2011 by Max J. Havlick, Writers Workshop, The Max Havlick School of Personal Creation and World Citizenship, a project of New World Community Enterprises, Inc., 16 W. Vermont St., Villa Park, IL 60181-1938, all rights reserved (30 min. from O'Hare Airport). Permission granted here to make copies that include the note and copyright notice.


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      Sarah Shepherd 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Good poem, Max. It's true, sometimes life goes by so fast we forget about taking a step and taking it all in...

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      Max Havlick 6 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Thank you for the nice comment, Denise, I'll have to look up your work.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Awww, this is sweet, Max. What a tribute.