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Poetry Friday: Our Other Sister by Jeffrey Harrison

April 26th, 2013 (07:00 am)

The cruelest thing I did to my younger sister
wasn't shooting a homemade blowdart into her knee,
where it dangled for a breathless second

before dropping off, but telling her we had
another, older sister who'd gone away.
What my motives were I can't recall: a whim,

or was it some need of mine to toy with loss,
to probe the ache of imaginary wounds?
But that first sentence was like a strand of DNA

that replicated itself in coiling lies
when my sister began asking her desperate questions.
I called our older sister Isabel

and gave her hazel eyes and long blonde hair.
I had her run away to California
where she...
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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 29th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)

Thanks for commenting.

Posted by: (lpsalas)
Posted at: April 29th, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)

Wow. That is visceral. Don't think I've read it before. Thanks for sharing--even if it's leaving me with a touch of sadness...

--Laura Purdie Salas

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 29th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)

Hi Laura! It's definitely sad, and leaves an imprint - an impression.

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