The first four kids in my family are girls who were born within a five year period. This summer, three of them gathered for a brief time at the home of the third sister. I am the eldest of the four, but it has been almost a decade now since I had the health and mobility to cross the ocean that keeps us apart.
I was nursing my isolation with a mental pout, when the second sister sent me a poem she'd written that drew me into a metaphorical sister hug and wiped the pout from my mind. The poem begins with the line "Three pairs of sister hands." But I, too, was there at that kitchen table-- in spirit anyway. And my hands were a fourth pair reaching out to theirs. The poem begged to be illustrated, so that's what I did.
Three pairs of sister hands
The kitchen table
For open display.
At our lines
Bumps, knobs and twists
The hilly blue veins
We compare the wrinkles
Of our well-worn lives
Five decades each.
My young niece
To paint our nails.
(poem by Vicki Patschke)
What a wonderful post. I am grateful every day for my own wonderful sisters. I am lucky because we see each other fairly often.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful sister. I have no sister and always wondered what it would be like to have one. Lucky you.ReplyDelete
The etegami is not too shabby either.
@ModernMs > Thanks so much! I'm so glad for this age of the internet where we can interact and share with each other in spite of the distance that separates us.ReplyDelete
@origa-me > Yes, she is. All my sisters are. :D You know, this etegami is the first one I dashed off after reading my sister's poem. After that I tried about twenty more times to better capture the aged, worn quality mentioned in the poem. But I couldn't capture it the way I wanted, and ended up posting the first etegami after all.
I'd be lost without my sister. Beautiful etegami!ReplyDelete
wow wow wow. Thank you for visiting my blog or else I wouldn't of discovered your beautiful work. I bet your sketchbook project will be incredible. I wonder what you would think of the paper (it is quite thin...)ReplyDelete
Will be back to visit! Cheers!
@chasingbawa > Thanks! 3 cheers for sisters. :DReplyDelete
@Jannie > Glad you could drop by! I'm getting nervous about the sketchbook. Several ppl have mentioned how thin the paper is. It should arrive any day now...