We are much more alike than different
Our voices, our accents, our values

You said I protected you
when you were little.
I guess I did. Ran interference.
Took the rage instead of you when
he was in a bad mood.
Which was most of the time.

I was glad to do it.
Even then. Even as a child.
You were, after all
my little sister.

Now when we’re together,
we choose to laugh.
Sometimes to the point where
our sides ache and our jaws hurt.
Things that we find funny,
humor that we share
like our DNA

18 comments on “Sisters

  1. Beautiful, touching, inspiring.


  2. Oh our sweet sisters.
    Blood and chosen.
    What would we do without them?
    So happy you got to spend the time.


  3. I met my friend’s sister over lunch last month, and was bowled over by the similarity of ways of speaking, mannerism, facial expression as well as looks, and Sabina said, “There are three of us!” I went to a colleague’s wedding and would not have known her sister was her sister, until she smiled suddenly just in the way she did.


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      When I met my sister’s six-month-old grand daughter for the first time last summer, the baby leapt into my arms in greeting. I think she recognized the voice which is so similar to Becky’s (and probably the vibration?).


  4. Becky says:

    I love you!


  5. Reminds me of me and my sister! Loved it.


  6. Cheryl says:

    My sister . . . so close, yet so far away. Not in miles. I can so often feel her frustration as she feels very much alone. Our connection is always there. Thank you for writing..


  7. Lori Lipsky says:

    Lovely poem. There’s nothing like a sister!


  8. This is why I always wanted a sister. I’m so happy you have such a great relationship with yours, Cathy!


  9. Beautiful! I have told my sister about you and your sister (traveling together) 🙂 . Lots of love-Julie


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