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Year Three

May 9, 2018

On National Religious Brother’s Day,

I wished happy greetings

to the Brother whom I adore.



While they could have been priests,

Brothers choose a simpler life -

one of service and community.


This particular Brother truly embodies

the Brothers’ charism, so kind and gentle.

How could I not fall for him?


Teaching math, coaching tennis,

starting schools in troubled neighborhoods and countries,

consumed him for more than three decades.


Then three years ago he braved a new adventure:

he left his black robes behind

and slipped on a circle of gold.


The Brother and I lifted a glass

to toast his life then,

well lived and fully spent.


Afterward, we both disrobed.

Skin touching skin,

we intertwined our lives into love.



photo by Lynne Peters




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