A Poem for Karmen


The watercolored memories 
Echo in my mind.
Pictures of her, my sister,
Childhood enemy and friend.

She was younger, 
yet older. 
Fierce and loyal,
My Amazon sister, my friend.

I looked up to her, my hero, 
For strength, for love.
Quietly she stood beside me,
My younger sister, a loyal friend.

Through the passing of years
Our roles change again.
She turns to me
Life-battered, in need of a friend.

I see her, my sister,
Present and past.
Like two girls, overlapping,
Both then and now.

I love her now to touch her then.
To protect the girl
Whose big-hearted love
0nce rescued me, her sister and friend.