The Brother I Always Never Had

A found poem based off of the novel "The Kite Runner" written by Khaled Hosseini

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The Brother I Always Never Had

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The winter of 1975

I remember the precise moment

That was a long time ago

Its wrong

You can burry it

The past claws its way out

There is a way to be good again

Hassan

Face like a Chinese doll

Harelip smile

Never denied me anything

Always took the blame

Hazaras

Hassan’s people

Hassan and I

Fed from the same breast

A kinship that would never break

Crawled together

Rode bikes together

Flew kites together

With Hassan

First twelve years of my life

Never thought of Hassan as my friend

 –

Something roared like thunder

The earth shook

Hassan was crying

Ali pulled him close

I hadn’t felt envious

I would tell myself

He was deadly with a slingshot

Assef gritted his teeth

“Leave us be, Agha”

Hassan didn’t look scared

Wali and Kamal

Assef’s mouth twitched

Challenged their god

Humiliated him

Winter of 1975

Hassan

Ran a kite for the last time

“Amir agha and I are friends”

I bit on my fist. Shut my eyes.

Happened the way I imagined it. – Buried my face in his chest

I forgot what I’d done.

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