In my late teens my grandfather asked if he could paint a picture of me. I sat in his studio while he worked and for some reason began to create these little free verse tales. I was definitely influenced by a book of cute little poems called either Wink or Twink, I can no longer remember. The “brother” I write about was actually a number of different friends from my youth (and my brother as well). Again, the nostalgic value of this writing is what prompted me to dust it off and include it on this site. But I always felt it should be illustrated and a wonderful theater buddy of mine, Richard “Dick” Smith agreed to do these drawings.