Brother Poem

Letter To Dead Brother

A letter to my dead brother

To My Brother

© Anne Harskamp
To my Brother:

Words are hard to describe feelings,
I have always been better with images.
Yet writing down how much I miss you,
Seems to give me more tranquility.

Writing to let go, to give this all a place.
It will never heal, it will never go away,
But just learning to give it time and space.

I can tell you how much I care, how much I would give to have you back in my life,
But you know all of this and it won't change anything, that's what I am learning within time,

Writing to tell you how much I have learned, to show you that through fragility I become a stronger person
More able to understand, more able to listen and to care,
Hurt through loss, I've become yet a wiser person


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Published: Mar 2008

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  • my brother died when he was two months old and I wasn't even born yet. he was a year and four days older. he died of SIDS (sudden infant death) one afternoon. I've never seen him, talked to him, hugged him or anything. All I have is a picture before he died, his last picture. I miss him so much. I was he was still here.

    Kayla, Florida Submitted May 2010
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  • Hugo. Hugo. Hugo xx that name whirls around my head a million times and still I can not understand... I had waited 9 months for my little bro to be born xx I was even counting down the days ... And then my whole world spun upside-down .... My dad turned up at my house one morning and sat me down on the sofa ... He said " he hasn't made it ... He was perfectly fine and the next his heart just stops beating..." xxx
    I will be saying goodbye to my brother before I have even said hello... All I have is one picture of him ... Just one... It looks like he is sleeping , but I know that he is not ... Every night I pray for him and every night I ask god Why Why Why.... I will never see my little brothers eyes open and never see him grow up ...! Why is the world such a cruel place???? That is the question I will always ask!!!... xxxx love you little man, Today, Always and Forever xxx
    Rest In Peace, Rest In Peace xxxxxxxxxx :-) :-(

    Jess Wolfe, Bath Uk Submitted Dec 2011
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  • Awad , for you this name won't move any thing in your heart it's just like any name for you , but for someone else this name is like the best thing that that one knew and that one is me, Awad is my elder brother and I'm proud to say that I'm his sister my brother died 3 months ago. I never thought that I will ever lose some one from my family especially my brother. I never thought that I'm not gonna be able to see him again. I thought that he'll be always in my life, but the bad thing is that we're Libyans and our leader was Al Gaddafi that man was the reason that my brother was killed I never thought that my brother will be killed I never thought that any of my family will die by that way, the last time I saw him he told me that he'll come back in the 15th of August. But in that day he didn't come back alive he did come back in that day but not alive and even after I saw him I couldn't believe what happened to my big brother but I'm so proud to be his sister I love him so much.

    Esraa Eldeghaily , Benghazi Libya Submitted Dec 2011
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  • My mom was pregnant three years ago with my little brother Aiden. My mom was soo happy when she found out it was a boy. Then a week after she named him his heart stopped beating and she had a miscarriage.

    Arkansas Submitted May 2012
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  • My brother died on July 7 2012 due to suicide, I never try to tell him how much I love him, if there's one thing I can wish in this world. maybe that is to see my brother and kiss him, and tell him how much I love him.

    Elcid Sanidad Submitted Jul 2012
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  • My Brother Hank was killed in an apartment fire in Oct. 2000 we were only 13 months apart and we always leaned on one another so I just want to tell him I think of you everyday of my life and miss and love you so very much. I know you already know that but it has made me such a strong woman. My life is always a struggle but for some reason I always pull thru because I know I have you Bro by my side!! LOVING YOU HANK ALWAYS AND FOREVER <3

    Angela Shaughnessy Submitted Sep 2012
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  • Tony, my dear brother I miss you. We weren't all that close before you died and that was completely my fault, you've been dead for 11 years now and not a day goes by that I don't regret being lost in my chaotic life of drugs, so lost in fact that I lost everyone including my children, only I had the chance to clean up and put my life back together and start being a part of their lives again but I will never get that chance with you. I love you Tony and miss you everyday!!!!!!

    Beverly Abbott Submitted Oct 2012
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  • My baby brother died at 6 months old I'm my very own arms, I was 6 at the time. He passed away by cot death and there was nothing I can do to prevent it. I grieve over him all the time and that's how I try to get over him, as the years have passed I've grown to believe that he's in a safe place and that he's looking down on me where ever I am.
    All you have to do if you've lost someone as close to you as I have is do things to keep your self occupied and remember that they are always in your heart, and that you and they know that.

    Beckey Submitted Nov 2012
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  • My brother Juan a. Ayala was murdered in 2007... And not one day goes by that I don't think of him.. I know my tears and my pain can't and won't bring him back but I sure wish I could see him one last time. But I know I am not the only one who wishes this..... but how do I let go? Will I ever? Yea I didn't thinks so..

    Esme Garcia Submitted Apr 2013
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  • My older brother died four days after he was born. He would have been twenty-one years old on Tuesday. I miss him so much. Lots of times I get really angry with God that I never knew him, that I never got to have an older brother. But I am so thankful to God for giving me guys who are just like older brothers to me. It's really helped a lot.

    Rose, Hawaii Submitted May 2013
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  • My precious, sweet brother Scott. You passed away on September 21, 2012 and as of that date I have never been the same.
    My heart is broken and my life seems empty.
    Everyone says you are in a better place and are no longer hurting. I know you are with the Lord, but I miss my friend. Nothing has been able to help me stop missing you.
    My heart aches and the tears still sting my face. Even mom, Rick and TJ have a hard time understanding why so much emotion is in me. Sometimes I feel as though there aren't any tears left, then they fall. They fall so heavy, so many of them, so big.
    I miss your laugh, talking to you on the phone, having dinner together, watching you with Charlie.
    I am struggling. I wish you could come back. Just for a little while. There were so many things we were going to do this coming year.
    Come back my sweet brother, please come back.

    Carrie, Phoenix Submitted Jun 2013
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  • My only blood brother was shot dead at the filling station at about 10:49 pm by unknown gunmen. It's very painful for me to believe he is dead. I lost my mum just 2012 and I had no sister, oh God why do you allow all these thing happening to me.

    Obiechina Nzube Submitted 1/18/2014
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  • My younger brother passed at 19 in an auto accident 1-8-13. Our lives forever changed when the darkness and sadness took over the night he took his last breath.
    Same mother, different fathers, and 13 years apart. The day he was born is still so clear.... my vision getting off the elevator and walking to the viewing area... there he was... TURE Beauty... He was not like the other babies.. Front and Center his bed was the only one facing side ways. From that moment on I had one goal to be there for him in every way possible. Show him LOVE that I felt I never received. At the time it was very difficult be pushed and pulled between two very different lives. I was not happy as a teenager and felt as I was just a problem for my parents. I never wanted him to feel unwanted. When Kim and Derrick came into this world it changed my life for the better it gave me hope, happiness and something to motivate me to be a better person not for myself but for them. He was my heart.

    Texas Submitted 2/3/2014
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