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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Brothers, Farther Along (Doc Watson; Hank Williams)

Brothers at a wedding (in Bristol, beginning of the 1960s;
my brother was 20 or 21; I was 17 or 18).

An amusing photo (from over fifty years ago)- if only for the hats, and hair.

As we are meeting up tomorrow, some more photos of the early years:

My brother, aged 6 months, with Uncle Hubert

Above, July 1960

"Ah Nature, framed in fault,
There's comfort then, there's salt".
(Hopkins, Brothers)

"Farther along we’ll know more about it,
Farther along we’ll understand why;
Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
We’ll understand it all by and by."

(Farther Along, hear the great Doc Watson version again)

June 1945, with paternal grandmother

Simon Armitage, from the poem Afterword, some lines that could apply to brothers as much as to twins who travel through life in different directions, before returning to their childhood home:

"And they see for themselves,
each eyeing the other

through a telescope now
which had once been a mirror."

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