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Ferry: A Poem by Nina Serrano In Memory of Phil Serrano

Ferry:
A Poem by Nina Serrano

In memory of Phil Serrano

For My Beloved Brother Philip Serrano
(May 23, 1945- January 11, 2017)

(We’ll go no more a roving ….Lord Byron)

I was shocked and grieved
as I disembarked from the ferry
to see the long line of people
waiting to board
knowing that even
if I carefully scanned all their faces
I would never find my brother among them again
like I did that precious day
when I heard him surprisingly call my name
and I slipped into the line next to him
in delight that we were now neighbors
his house standing only blocks from mine
We could unexpectedly sail home together
On the boat we launched into endless conversation:
plans for artistic collaborations
long walks fantasies and projections spun
over the noisy vibrating ship’s engine
all the way to Vallejo’s shore
We said goodbye
confident of countless days ahead
But death came suddenly
His heart stopped but not my expectations
of our endless sibling-ness
So I went into grief and shock
as I disembarked from the ferry
to see the long line of people
waiting to board
knowing that we will go no more a sailing
a sailing o’re the bay
Though my heart be still as eager
and there’s still so much more to say

The short music video below by Paul Richards includes family photos and original music played and sung by Phil Serrano. The video expresses the autobiographical nature of his songs.

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