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If I had a sister
I would tell her of love returned and
love retracted
“What beautiful hair you have”
“What a kind, open mouth you have”
You will cry enough to fill bathtubs and most oceans
Salt water is salvation
Oceans are homes when homes can no longer be
I will love her so selflessly because parents do not know and I feared Septembers
once too
I will give her my wisdom with its cracks and its thorns
I will leave an open door
When I hear her sobbing and healing
and hurting
I will not ask
But I will listen
My dear sister
I will tell her of rain and how things must end
I will tell her the things I had to find the
hard way
The things I had to find the bruised skin, cracked bones, stranded, sour heart, pay phone way
I will never let my sister wind up in the darkness in a room with a door that
has no handle
I will never let my sister end up like me

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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