I am finding my place in the world,
And oddly it reminds me of yours.
I wear my heart on my wrist, just the way you taught me,
each lover dangling like a charm.
I traveled from coast to coast
Searching for someone who could teach me life’s lessons.
Instead, I found them on a back road in Tennessee,
As experience poured from your memories.
There is an unspoken truth between us.
If one of us hurts, we all hurt.
If one of us succeeds, all three of us have made it.
I work hard, because that is the example that you set for me.
I am strong. My lip no longer quivers,
because when I was five, you told me not to cry in public.
I have a temper that is unrivaled by Greek god’s
Or semi-truck drivers.
The men, they love me.
You often tell me that I get that from you.
And in the rare instance that women look your way,
I tell you that you must have gotten that from me.
I cannot be held down, because that Christmas
- the one where I slept between you in the basement -
showed me that when you want something,
You might have to fight your way out from under elbows to get it.
Our love is unconventional, most of our conversations
Involve screen shots from Facebook and
Take place in group-text messages.
You tell me that sisters shouldn’t be apart for this long. I agree.
But we are always in this together,
And sometimes, long distance does work out.
I will always cherish the love you have given me,
and the safety I have found inside of your hearts.
I hope that one day I am more
than just the reason your hair is falling out.
Despite your insisting that I owe you nothing,
I’m a better woman today
because of the influence you have had upon me.
And I will never forget that the most important thing in this life