To Our Brother from the 1800s

If there was anything I could say to you, dear sir, which would ease discomforts in your life, like loneliness or confusion, to help make the ending of your journey on Earth less burdensome, I certainly would.

But with all the years you’ve counted here, with all of what you’ve witnessed, with all that you’ve heard and read, I’m sure there’s not a damn thing I could say which might lift your spirits or give you some measure of deeper enlightenment.

So, really, the best I can offer is “Welcome home, my brother. Your journey is almost over. My heart and my soul live in gratitude to you for what you’ve done to help us. I will never forget.”

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