Ode to Twin Sister

On April 17, 2018
Hello, all! Happy Tuesday, and Happy 17th Day of Na/GloPoWriMo.

Our prompt for the day (optional as always) follows Uma Gowrishankar’s suggestion that we write a poem re-telling a family anecdote that has stuck with you over time. It could be the story of the time your Uncle Louis caught a home run ball, the time your Cousin May accidentally brought home a coyote and gave it a bath, thinking it was a stray dog, or something darker (or even sillier).
Happy writing!

Ode to Twin Sister

My adopted twin sister third-degree
cousin from far-away land
sparkles unexpected talents
named after saint from Heliopolis
Baalbek’s heavenly helper
in charge of lightning

name once belonged to those
feared at the gate proud outside
realm of the easily governed
tears from the universe
pelt windscreen of her heart
she spreads treasures of words

lynx she roams city wilderness
portrait-painter in sundry cafes
pen coconut-oil coffee only one
lamb she purrs on cat’s diet
buzzard she soars surveys prey
piercing vision torments
quick-snapping syntax claws
lyrical fangs ever ready

dove coos high-octane devotion
lends wings of compassion
lark spirals limitless blue
fairy weaves turquoise laughter
cherishes anchovies arugula
links lovers illicit dream-trees
wolverine whispers her longing

delights in harvest of meanings
ruffled by double entendre
non-crust apple crumble
dances alert through life’s maze
plants fields of dreams
folds origami figures holding
red thread of knowing love
art from her secret well

enchantment at her fingertips

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