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Hair in Red Overalls


I knew a time when my sister, tall and fair 
with her sage sense of humor, dull and non-existent 
Seemed positively, 
metallic, blessed with flowing shackles, a gift, extended only to me. 
Limiting my growth past 8 years, haunting my dreams until age 21 
always advising her younger sis, to teary boredom 
“Do as I say”, “whereso’er I may”
Lend me your shoe to prove my superiority. 
By night or day, 
I am your stone Buzzard and I will pick your bones 


This I suffered
The rainbow might as well have been between us, 
For the roses lost their petals long ago
I can no longer feel their thorns, my toughened skin
Yet lately when I turn to cry for you,
The pain is far greater than I should bear
For (you) seep, from my tear ducts, a bloodless water driblet
Injury that keeps finding its way out
Purging the likes of you
In twin tissues


Infuriates me.
Each night from my pillow writhed
Come darkened silhouettes of your pigtails 
I inhale one, in each nostril, 
just so I can blow you away
Are you a sister of another mister?
My tormenter, my thumb umbrella
Cleanse me from your sticky sight
Allow my legs to find that gentle breeze called freedom
Before the very bone that we share dies
Making us look upon our mirrors
To find the frozen cordial face 
As we pretend to plant, a history, of fond remembrance
When we are but plowing, our indignations in the ground  

I knew a time when my sister, tall and fair,
Sat braiding her curly brown hair
Finding me sleeping, without nary a sound
Wrapped her tight braid, around and around
Laughing as my life was slipped from sight
Dragging me constantly, round that night
So what if I, but a babe in skin
Was found by Dad, in the playpen
Hence, since, even now, my skin, crawls
Afraid of the hair in red overalls 


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  1. Date: 8/5/2009 10:46:00 AM
    Yikers!!!!I new what was in my mind was BAD (smothering sis with the pillow in the stroller) so I did not do it! I never hurt my sis with deeds and often chanted sweet pretty things to her so she could sleep, but I remember that horrid thought. Light & Love and GREAT win! (Hope you entered my contest?)

  1. Date: 8/4/2009 11:06:00 PM
    Congratulations, Sandra, for your placement in Nathan's sibling rivalry poetry contest. I actually felt a bit guilty when I read this. Although I loved my younger sister very much and thought the world of her, when I was required to babysit... and thus, be responsible for anything and everything that went on, I used to make ugly faces in slow motion and turn into a "Monster" that would get her if she didn't do right. As an adult, she reminded me of that. Kids- We all were once. Love, Dane

  1. Date: 8/4/2009 3:24:00 PM
    Knew this was going to be a winner, Sandra ... smile ... Congratulations on your win in Nathan's contest!

  1. Date: 8/4/2009 8:53:00 AM
    This is a great on your win. BG

  1. Date: 8/4/2009 7:53:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win. Joyce

  1. Date: 8/4/2009 6:36:00 AM
    Congratulations Sandra. Wonderful writing, and awesome poem for Nathan's sibling contest!! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 8/4/2009 3:18:00 AM
    Congratulations for your win in Nathan's contest Sandra . Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/4/2009 2:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on 6th place in my contest! Nate.

  1. Date: 7/31/2009 8:12:00 AM
    Another brillant write from you and you surely have a wide range of forms that you do with great skill !! I'm in awe of your talent, Sandra and this write is going on my favorite list ... smile ...

  1. Date: 7/1/2009 3:42:00 PM
    Oh my, sounds like a true nightmare. For me the last two lines of the third verse captures it all. So very well written. Love Heidie

  1. Date: 7/1/2009 5:35:00 AM
    Super Fantastic writing Sandra. Very emotional. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/1/2009 12:18:00 AM
    Brilliant!Story is large XD

  1. Date: 6/30/2009 10:55:00 PM
    Great presentation , by a SouperTrouper . Well done ,with this excellent piece ....

  1. Date: 6/30/2009 9:03:00 PM
    You got mail, Sandra!

  1. Date: 6/30/2009 8:28:00 PM
    Wow...this is quite an intense memory, you are very talented in descriptions of the sister relationship...quite complex ...more beneath the surface than just the usual sibling rivalry. Excellent writing, Sandra.!

  1. Date: 6/30/2009 6:19:00 PM
    This is a wonderful are such a terrific the line...Are you a sister of another mister?...that line to me captured this painted it well and I was able to live in this painting and witness the event...excellent writing.