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I Turn Around

When I was younger, say five or six,
I would look at my older sister preening at the mirror,
and dream I would one day look like her.
One day be perfect.

Then, maybe, ten years later
my sister is married and has a little baby,
and I dreamt that one day I would have a happy family.
One day be perfect.

One day, I might have been in my twenties,
I fell in love with a young man,
who resembled my older sister's husband.
They could have been brothers.

When I was twenty six, he proposed.
For months I dreamt about the wedding,
hoping and praying it would be perfect
like my older sister's wedding.
Hers was wonderful.

My older sister had everything I wanted to have.
The intelligence, the looks, the heart.
She was loved. She had a beautiful family.
She had a home.

On my wedding day,
as I was getting prepared,
my older sister walked into the room.
I turned around, but I only saw my reflection
in the years to come.



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MiraStorm This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm:
that's sad and happy at the same time. but it's true of younge sisters who look up to their older sisters. they shouldnt want to be exactly like them, and they shouldnt make the mistake of thinking they are perfect. this is a wonderful portrayal of a sister-relationship. i hope the sister gets everything she was hoping for =)
 
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