The Lizard Chronicles

Some of this is true. Some of this is better. –Too Much Joy

Sister November 1, 2013

Filed under: Life tales,Poetry,Writing — lizardesque @ 5:06 pm
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We have been friends

Seemingly forever

Certainly longer

Than either of us like to admit

Different mothers, different fathers

But sisters nevertheless

I can scarcely believe I lived

Almost eighteen years before knowing you

Before we put our heads together

And made the “mind-meld” noise

Somehow, we both instinctively knew


When you told me about the cancer

I cried and cried

And then chided myself

For not being the pillar of strength

That you might need

Although the prognosis was good

I let myself think just for a second

Of life without you

And I could not breathe


You will be okay

Because I said so

Because you have to be

There is no other option

The position of my best friend

Has been forever filled


Some day, when our hair is gray

And we are older than we’ll ever admit

We will sit in our rocking chairs

Or perhaps on barstools

Sharing stories told a thousand times over

Better and more elaborate with each telling


Roommates as fire hazards

Houseguests who won’t leave

Landlords who would have us

Shower in the dark

But sleep with the lights on

Dodging our own proverbial bullets

Feeding marshmallows to alligators

And using coconuts as sound effects



When we stop laughing

And feel good and rested

We will rise

Give each other that knowing glance

And set off together

In search of more tales to tell

Capers to be thoroughly lived

And retold with embellishment

Ad infinitum


Originally published in the Journal of Ordinary Thought, October 2013

P.S. She is doing fine! 🙂


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