James Ingle

School: James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh
 

Live Forever


Live forever, my older brother.

I’m sending you some peppermints, in the hope that they will cheer you up.

A little sweet in a sour world, torn apart by war.

Remember back home, when you made a balloon out of old peppermint wrappers, 

And we shared the mints, watching the balloon                                                      

Soar up over the land, like a white dove of peace?

My love will always be there for you.
 

Live forever, my older brother.

I am sending you some waterproof boots, to keep your tired feet cosy.

An island of dry in an ocean of damp.

Remember when you and your girlfriend Amy pushed me into the pond?

I was indignant for a minute before I saw the laugh on your handsome face,

And my anger turned to happiness, like mud to marzipan.

My love will always be there for you.
 

Live forever, my older brother

I am sending you a harmonica, to boost morale and hope.

A swift bugle, playing over a funeral march.

Remember when you danced to Beer Barrel Polka, one Christmas?

You fell into the coal scuttle, and emerged black all over.

But it was a hopeful black, like the black of dark chocolate.
 

Live forever, my older brother.

My love will always be there for you.

 

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