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Below is the poem entitled Rival which was written by poet Linda Xiao. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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You are my friend, my family, and my little sister
I never thought one day that I'll give your name a twister.

I remember when it was and how it had began
You'd shown me a drawing excitedly and I had tasted sand.

Asked me if it was good enough and what I thought of it
I thought it was done exquisitely and felt my eyebrows knit.

We had always been sketching, ever since I could remember
And yet I never once did think that you would become the better.

I did not know what the feeling was until a few days after
When you handed me another picture and the air rang with your laughter.

You were so happy and so proud, and I very pleased with you too
But somewhere deep inside unsatisfaction started to brew.

It was moments later when I declared a war
"From now on you are my rival, and I won't let you pass by far!"

But you only shook your head and said that I was weird
That kind of apathetic reaction was worse than I had feared.

Nonetheless I stood my ground, although sometimes it kills
Because you'd made me recognise your given artistic skills.

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  1. Date: 9/19/2013 6:36:00 PM
    I've certainly been rivals with my little sister at times, but as we grew older we are so close now and I'm quite thankful for that. This is a really great poem, my dearest poet friend!

  1. Date: 8/19/2013 3:25:00 PM
    I enjoyed hearing about you and your sister. A rival, but hopefully a best friend forever!!!

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 2:42:00 PM
    This was a strong perspective you presented here. There was this balance of resilience & respect, w/a touch of hesitation. I really like what you did here! :)

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 12:29:00 PM
    Hi Linda I enjoyed your artistic words painted here.A lovely read.

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    Date: 7/28/2013 12:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much! :) ~Linda