FOR THE ELDER SISTER (WHO STAYS AT HOME WHEN THE REST OF THE FAMILY GOES FOREIGN)

For The Elder Sister (who stays at home when the rest of the family goes foreign)

Artwork by Laura James, January 21, 2011. (Courtesy of Black Art In America).

In her line of sight are photos of family members who have gone off to make their way in the world. Family members older than her, family members younger than her. Near the door entrance sits an elderly man, possibly waiting for his needs to be attended to.

It is a beautiful clear day.

She stands behind a woman, tending to her hair, all the while thinking…dreaming…musing…pondering…when her time will come to sprout wings, fly, and soar to heights she had never thought imaginable. The responsibility to others will become a responsibility to herself, when one day she will board that plane and attain her heart’s most cherished desires.

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