Like a Sister

My friend,
you are like a sister to me. I regret giving you
the impression that I’m pushing you away.
Please forgive me.

When we speak, the words
get shuffled and swallowed by my throat, so I’m
writing this in the hope that it will explain my difficulties.

At present, I have so little time between tending to my responsibilities and I need
private
moments
to breathe; to
listen for the clean

silence

that sits lightly beneath my clamouring brain. Lately, I yearn
to separate my clashing thoughts and
examine
each
one
in turn,
that I might extract
peace from this confusion.

Please be patient with me, yet
understand this; while I yearn to amass
an ever greater wealth of empathy, I am neither
lonely or deeply unhappy. I find myself in a position
of unlikely privilege, and will do what I can
to fulfil the duties which this
particular privilege brings.

Soon, I anticipate
calm.

Should you be absent
from my life on that day
it would be a tragedy, but I
have seen your loyalty –

you will not desert me.

Thank you for
embracing me with your friendship.
You are important to me.

.

©Jane Paterson Basil

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18 thoughts on “Like a Sister

      1. I’ll paste here for you.
        One Day

        Not asking you to marry me, or to be my lover.
        Nor am I expecting you to be like a kind mother.
        You know in your heart, there are no others.
        I’m alone during my nights, under the covers.
        All I want from you, is to look for no other.
        All I need from you, love me like a sister and brother.

        She’s fading away, not complaining and no bother.
        Her dying life, has given me no time to hover.
        One day not so far away, her eyes beneath the clover.
        She’ll rest peacefully, and I’ll be crying over and over.
        All I want from you, is to hold me while I recover.
        All I need from you, love me like a sister and brother.

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              1. Maybe posting one soon, I’ve just finished making a few slight alterations, another one so close to my heart, which I did post when I first started blogging June last year, but I didn’t have many readers then (maybe 5), Oh its called, Haven’t Seen You For A While, I put it in Carole’s Funeral booklet xx

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  1. Oh my…this brought tears to my eyes

    “Soon, I anticipate
    calm.

    Should you be absent
    from my life on that day
    it would be a tragedy, but I
    have seen your loyalty –

    you will not desert me.”

    It’s so beautifully heart wrenching.

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