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What is it like to have a sister?


I don’t have any.
Some say I’m lucky.
Others – how sad.
What of an only child?

I have brothers.
I can say a lot about them.
But am drawn to wanting sisters,
which I have none.

I yearn for what I don’t have.
I envy those who have them.
I feel the empty space within.
I want someone to be my sister.

I search among my friends.
I treat them as my sisters.
I hold on too tightly.
They just want to be friends.

I search among my cousins.
I treat them as my sisters.
But they don’t see me as one.
For they have their own sisters.

With a sister, secrets to whisper.
But I do not know.
With a sister, sharing everything.
But I do not know.

There will be subjects of taboo,
Topics only brothers share with brothers.
Where my brothers and I will avoid,
on subjects only sisters share with sisters.

But is it all that different.
I could have a sister, and never wanted one.
Envying those who didn’t have any.
Life is never what it seems.

I will always yearn for a sister.
On days I see sisters having fun,
For a moment in time I will imagine,
it is me and my sister in that picture.

By C.E. Pereira



I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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