I'll throw another interpretation out there, perhaps influenced by all the Marauder fanfics of your I've been reading...
Although they are not true brothers, I feel they wouldn't hesitate to refer to each other this way. I like to think the first half is Remus, mourning James's death in 1981. The second half, nearly 17 years later, is James welcoming Remus to the other side of the veil.
Either way, beautiful poetry!
Author's Response: Ooooh, that's interesting! I had never thought about that but it's a lovely interpretation. I could also see it being about Remus losing James, but then finding Sirius again. I love it! Thanks so much for the review, I really appreciate it! I'm so glad you liked it and pointed out another way of looking at it. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
I think the top, George is mourning Fred. The bottom, it's still George, but he's celebrating Percy coming back.
Author's Response: Yes, that's about it, although the narrator could really be any Weasley brother. :) Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)
Oh, so sad, yet heartwarming. I think it's Fred and George, Fred being the happier of the two because he can see the victory in sight. So sad yet so true ~Carole|~
Author's Response: A very belated thank-you, Carole. I appreciate you reading and reviewing this poem! Actually, the second stanza, about the brother returning, refers to Percy coming back. As for the narrator, that would simply be one of the other Weasley boys. I honestly can't remember who I wrote it for at the time, how sad is that? THanks again! ~Gina :)
I love how beautiful and potent the imagery is. You write death and despair and angst so well, I may or may not be jealous.
Heart, Twin. I truly heart this poem. :D
Author's Response: A very belated thank you, twin! I appreciate you reading and leaving a review for this poem. It makes me want to see if I can write something angsty again, since my brain has been filled with fluff ever since. Thanks again! ~Gina :)