A sister often knows us better than anyone.
This selection of poems (a companion to Ten Poems about Brothers) explores that special relationship – from the games and secrets of early childhood that we remember so vividly to the separate journeys of later life.
For Dorothea Smartt, two sisters form a pair of carefree ‘toe-tapping feet’ while Jean Tepperman’s depiction of sisterhood celebrates the thrill of defying convention.
In Galway Kinnell’s moving poem a childhood shared with a sibling creates a reassuring lifelong bond:
“…we will walk
hand in hand a little while,
taking the laughter of childhood
as far as we can into the days to come,”
from ‘Two Set Out On Their Journey’ by Galway Kinnell.