Once We Were Sisters

Girl children

in matching sunsuits,

offering each other broken

Oreos, sand hidden

in the white cream

 

When I turned five

I would have to color inside

the lines, you said,

and watch my words

so they didn’t run out

 

The night our mother died

you tried to kill me

my child fled into the dark

 

Your name comes now

in dreams, shaped like a woman

parkbench sleeping

 

Then, we pricked our fingers,

crossed blood, touched tongues,

wound our hair together

into one brown silk braid

 

 

 

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