January 29, 2016

Vladimir I. Sirotin (1963-2016)

"I have one brother" used to be my answer 
To those who politely cared to ask.
I now say "I used to have a brother"
It's strange to me, this new and somber task.

To some he was a source of inspiration
A brilliant wordsmith, fighter for the truth
To others constant source of irritation
A fierce debater with the shortest fuse

To parents he was unfinished project
A constant worry over "fitting in".
I loved debating him on any subject
Somehow both of us would always win

We had to choose in suffocating country
To live in fear, drink, protest or leave
He stayed and...

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