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The Twin
by David C. Hightower
Thursday, May 01, 2008
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The Twin

My wife and I had cleared away
the fallen branches and encroaching saplings,
had propped up the tumbled tombstones.
Wed discovered Margaret, Mary,
and Sarah, their mother,
all buried within weeks of each other;
the Confederate soldier on eternal picket duty
just outside the cemeterys boundary;
and the three long graves hidden beneath leaves,
marked by common rocks at head and feet.
We thought wed uncovered
all of the overgrown graves,
until the old man rattled up
our rutted drive in his pickup truck,
returning after decades to visit his twin,
who, he told us as it had been told to him,
only lived long enough to sense the light,
to reach for the wailing voice of his brother,
to take one breath, first and last.
We followed the old man to the graveyard.
He stopped at its edge and pointed.
We cleared away layers of pine needles
revealing the mound blanketed in white gravel,
a tiny grave the size of a cradle.
We left him there alone
to commune with the brother
hed last embraced in the womb.
You know, he told us as he was leaving,
Ive been haunted for seventy five years
by his absence, his presence,
yet Ive never been able in all that time
to decide which one of us
left the other behind.

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Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 4/21/2012
There is a connection that can ever be broken when hearts are shared and souls. What a lovely piece. Thank you
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi Benyehu (Reader) 1/14/2009

I am glad that I have spent this morning reading Your posted works, and feeding my soul's bird with the seeds of Your poetic flowers.

"The Twin" is a masterpiece.

In admiration.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/22/2008
Wonderfully written, David. I note especially:
We left him there alone
to commune with the brother
he'd last embraced in the womb.
A meaningful bond to this grandfather of twin grandaughters age 10.

I'll be visiting often. - Gene.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 5/14/2008
A fascinating tale, well told. I felt I was there with you, working in the neglected cemetary, meeting the old man and listening to his sad story. His long oneness with his twin, and his statement at the end made it memorable.

Connie
Reviewed by Axilea MU 5/9/2008
Great work, I hope you publish this.
All the details are so harmonious and precise
and the story itself quite unforgettable.
I think that we can all feel the twin that left us
alone in this world.

Axilea
Reviewed by D Johnson 5/6/2008
David, this is such an haunting but excellently written story...one of those old tales where things come alive. Well done!

Cheers,
Dan
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/2/2008
My two older brothers were twins, they died the same day apart from each other in WWII, perhaps none of them wanted to left the other behind.
Thanks, the last line of your poem make me find that little piece which were missing from their picture.

Georg
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 5/2/2008
Lines like these,"We left him there alone to commune with the brother hed last embraced in the womb," and "Ive been haunted for seventy five years by his absence, his presence, yet Ive never been able in all that time to decide which one of us left the other
behind. set your work apart. You are a true poet. Wonderful in imagery and verse.

Reviewed by Charlie 5/1/2008
Oh, I love-love that last comment-- love it! What a mind-twist he's got my head in. Have you ever read that novel, "The Great Impersonation" by E. Phillips Oppenheim? --turn of the century write, but mind-twisting-- about dopplegangers-- (I'm not sure I spelled that right)-- one a German, the other an Englishman, both spoke the other's language fluently. One of them kills the other. We just don't know which one till the end of the novel. --Fascinating stuff! --My all-time favorite novel. Anyway, this poem/story is right along the same lines... great atmosphere, and a great story, superbly told.

Now, would you tell him to please let go of my head! (gasp)THANK YOU! --Charlie
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