wow, this is very way good and i am not sure my comments can equal up to those philosophical ones already given! but i think this is a very open and honest view into a very personal family issue. i know about this addiction cuz i have suffered from it myself, and i guess they say there two kinds of drunks, angry ones and happy ones. very sorry your brother is the angry kind. however, what i got from this despite the obvious, is your incredible amount of love, forgiveness and patience! you are a good soul and will reap the rewards of being so faithful to someone you love... perfecty expressed by this poem!
I can feel the pain from a sister's point of view... my own brother says that boys or those grown up boys become very directionless sometimes and in such delicate moments they need love and understanding... this is a phase that should not be prolonged... i know you always keep on telling him how special he is in many matters... i hope he will come out of this phase... this shall pass too.
I love your work as ever and this one touched me deeply.
Hmmm...Sad to see the ones we love the most fall so hard. Rather it be drugs, alchohol or medications. It is never easy to watch, even harder to try to help. Especially when they do not want it. Its so hard to try and help them, make them understand you are not trying to hurt them by taking away their preferred drug of choice, that you wish only to help them. But they are blind to your pain and deaf to your cries. One day, your brother will realize what he is doing to you, just hope that it isnt too late when he does...
It is often next to impossible to find understanding for the antisocial behavior occasionally displayed by those around us who were once approachable. One can only hope that love and patience will outlast this anomally and allow us to be there when this lost soul reachs out.
Some people feel the world should revolve around them and they often fail to see how they disassociate themselves from the world due to thier state of mind. The earth accepts everyone...the ones who feel that the fruits of the earth are not of enough substance to nourish their lives are the souls who the earth admonishes. Whether by spiritual or man made means...the earth will devour them.
This is not scripture...just observational fact.
If one does not embrace the life they have been given then the life they have been given shall be swallowed by life...it is a fallacy among many mortals and one many mortals seem to always question...few of them ever accept it.
All our brothers and sisters will get what they deserve...all us mortals can do is give them guidance.
"In the hands of life, life will live...in the hand of life, life will give...in the life of evil, life will forgive...in a life of evils, lives will bring end...in the eyes of evil, life will soon end..."
History sets the trend.
Was that a comment or was I just going off on a triangular tangent???
Excellent write, Tif! I'm a recovering alcoholic (I quit drinking in 1986), so I have a degree of understanding of your poem. Alcoholics get into denial so strongly, that they literally can't see the suffering and worry that they are causing to others! You've heard this before, but it literally takes them admitting they have a problem, and taking steps to do something about it!