Sisters, 1907 (1907년, 자매들)

22 May 2011

We are dandelions on the grass.
Pale and slight,
any breeze might
blow us away.

All around us, the vines
obscure the harsh lines
of stone steps          angular borders

Behind apron and pinafore,
our small hands work in our pockets:

a bead                                        a wooden spool
a coin for a wish          and its passage to safe harbour

Her ringlets couldn’t be more curly.
My hair is flat as tack bread.
‘Shall we?’ she asks,
eyes bright as a meerkat’s.

We link pinkies, friends for now,
though the knives might be out
come supper-time.

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