Tagged: sisters

brothers and sisters

brothers and sisters
separated by borders,
blossoms against clouds
.
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my six aunts and

my six aunts and
uncle gather around
grandma’s hospital
bed, allowing
the performance of
procedure to overtake the
art of living.
Their hands
are collectively
tied in the pursuit
of individual
blamelessness.

grandma looks
on, one against
six, a tube down
her throat, mindful
of cumulative losses.

as in every
situation, time
flexes its
muscles, taunting us
to hold on or let go
while duty,
devotion, and rivalry
measure us for both
.
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even this morning,

even this morning,
i am hearing for the first
time the tale of grandpa,
bringing home
a pot of Madagascar
periwinkle, and how
his business thrived
for as long as the
garden blossomed
and his seven
buds bloomed
.
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stumbling into

stumbling into
the fog of love
looks like
this – sisters
whispering
in the dark,
still searching
for one another,
examining each
other’s heart
.
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my mother and her

my mother and her
five sisters – together or
alone – five perfect
interpretations of
noodle soup,
one version
of love
.
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even as children, it is fairly

even as children, it is fairly
clear – the distinction
between larks and
owls
, between a sister
and her half-awake
brother, waiting for
the school bus and,
from his viewpoint,
the merciless
alertness of her
chatter.
we are so clearly
morning people
versus evening people,
it doesn’t take an MEQ
to ask you to meet
me somewhere between
INFJ and ENFJ, and
lord help us if we have
to take the ESFP path
so early in the morning
.
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she mends me

she mends me
with the minor
scale, i
almost dare
to point
out the moon
for her –
like sisters
learning to
mother
.
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a single stalk of

a single stalk of
sugarcane
turns
easily
into an afternoon
shared
between six

sisters,
nurturing
their familiar
sweet tooth
.
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