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Sister

You
You are a
You are so
I can't say these words
Without hurt
Hurting you
Hurting me

Do you remember
When we slid down the stairs
On couch cushions
And sat watching movies
All summer long
Running through twinkling fireflies at dusk
And hiding behind lush dark trees

We were
We were just
We were so
It was so different
Back then

Do you remember
When we fought over ice cream
Mint chocolate chip
And it devolved
Into bitter insults and dirty name-calling
Words twisting and twisting
Wrung with years of hurt

You can't hear me
I can't hear you
There are no more words
Between us

--Jasmine T., Adult