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Sisterhood

August 15, 2017

When I was little, I had a sister 

 

When I was twelve and she was sixteen, 

She lost her mother 

 

She brought a girl home and held her hand 

 

And bang 

 

She lost her mother 

And her mother lost a daughter  

 

My mother said so 

My father said the same 

 

I looked at them both and realised 

I lost my parents that day  

 

I stood by my sister 

And lost my parents that day 

 

I lost my parents  

so that my sister could keep her sister 

 

so my sister could love and be loved 

so my sister didn’t have to hide 

so my sister could still hold on to the idea of family 

While she tried to start her own 

 

When she was twenty-two 

And I was eighteen  

 

I gave her away at her wedding  

And when I did, I gained a sister in law 

 

The man and woman we called parents 

Wouldn't come  

But we still celebrated 

 

Our parents never understood  

The strength of our sisterhood 

 

 

A.M.

 

 

 

Image: Helen Blasak

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