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for my brother, Danny, on his birthday

Have we improvised too much,
lost sight of our true selves, surviving;
the world is a tough audience.
And now I remember,
when you said you wanted to be a candle,
and we laughed until we cried, and cried,
then we’d ask you again,
and again, laugh and cry,
strange now, how life,
with time, has changed,
and I think it’s worth a try
to be a candle, a candle.

What better man to be a light,
than one who brightens,
and who thought being a candle
was possible, and right?