an older sister,
Infant no more, well before her time.
Everyone adores her little brother*,
Recently emerged not far behind.
Remember how one reads the book of life,
Alternating happiness with tears,
Journeying towards love as man or wife,
Unready else to bear the weight of years.
Let her read the lesson of her longing
In her jealousy and fierce affection,
And get to know the labor of belonging,
Needing such travail for her protection,
Not least to tell life's blessings from perfection.
*See https://www.poemsforfree.com/abelje.html .
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon