Brother, My Brother (1960)

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I came home to find you on the floor, the oak dresser pushed up against the door. Your wife sat at the table with your daughters down the hall. My Sarah called the doctor and we bandaged all we could. I stared straight at my brother—the little that was left of him—I turned my cheek and smote the earth, and kicked him out of hate. We left that room, fled into the night. Our crop stood still, unmoving then. The air was cold and the night was clear. The ambulance moaned long and load. O Absalom, poor Absalom, who hung between heaven and earth. My brother chose the latter to hang himself upon. I came home to find you pressed against the floor. And I tried hard to forgive you for the life you left us.

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from The Death of Samuel Miller, released June 27, 2014

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