I can’t justify the death of a child

He was a decorated hero at ten
when he tried to save a man
who also wound up dead

at eleven
he looked alot
like my little brother did

i remain anonymous
people accuse me of
having lived here
way back when
before i left
they say
they remember

i say
it mustve been
my twin
i didnt come here
often
oh, that guy?
i really didnt
know him

i deny
my whole existence

there was nothing
to be proud of
way back when
before i left

but when i came back
i had a hand in
this kid’s life
short lived
i can admit
that i knew him

when i came back
i did a couple of
small, noteworthy things

for me,
it’s drawing out
it won’t for him

ive had too many chances
i dont know why
i lived through it

i guess im still waiting
to find the reason
that, or i still believe
theres nothing to it

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