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Sister Love Poem in a Photograph

A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

Sisters in the Park

Judith and Janis Leslie, circa 1961

Judith and Janis Leslie, circa 1961

Honoring My Sisters

I feel blessed to have grown up with two sisters. I was the middle one of the three, sandwiched between the oldest and youngest sisters, followed by the fourth child, our younger brother. My parents loved taking lots of photographs of their children from birth to grade school age. The number of photographs seemed to decrease in number after that, based on the photo albums. By the time we were teenagers, we took a lot pictures of ourselves, but our parents still loved to take bunches of family pictures.

I love looking at the old photos of me and my sisters, before my brother was born, when we were very young. It reminds me of our closeness, the pure love we shared as siblings, and the memories made in our childhood that will last forever. I lost my youngest sister to breast cancer six years ago and have been unable to write about anything related to the topic of sisters until this day. We were extremely close and the loss is still heavy and unprocessed. I dedicate this article and poem to both of my sisters, in mind, body, and spirit.

“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.”

— Brigitte Bardot

Sisters in Photographs


Sisters share a special love

Created by our God above

Sweetness holds the bond in place

Dressed in cotton, trimmed in lace


Picture perfect smiles expressed

Always poised to look our best

Ready for the camera click

We blink our eyes, it flashes quick


Memories held in heart so tight

A photograph in black and white

Remembering a time in print

More value than a coin in mint


We age as many decades pass

Keep in touch to make it last

Relationships that will not change

With more secrets to exchange


Album pages tell us when

Reminded of the now and then

The faded images we see

We gasp and laugh incredulously


Timeless strength of sister love

With purity of little doves

Sisters sealed, forever framed

Life's photograph will stay the same

Sister Love in Color

Janis, June, and Judith Leslie, circa 1962

Janis, June, and Judith Leslie, circa 1962

“Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.”

— Toni Morrison, Beloved

Word Prompts Can Be Therapeutic

I'd like to take this time to thank fellow writer and poet, Brenda Arledge, for offering the word "photograph" for this 33rd installment of the word prompt challenge for our writing community. It nudged me to take a step toward acknowledging the unresolved grief I still carry for my sister's death. By participating in this challenge, I'm allowing my creative muse to slowly syphon the grief, through my fingers, as I write about the love for my late sister, June, and the love I still have the privilege to share with my sister, Judith. I hope others have been lucky enough to find these writing exercises, occasionally therapeutic.

Sibling Photographs

Sister Hug

Janis and Judith Leslie, circa 1962

Janis and Judith Leslie, circa 1962

“A sister is often a mentor, a guide, and a best friend especially at a time of need.”

— Debasish Mridha

© 2021 Janis Leslie Evans

Comments

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 13, 2021:

Rachelle, you have touched my heart on so many levels. I appreciate your supportive words to help me with my grief. My sister's soul visits me often in my dreams as if she never left. I'm also grateful that this poem article has given you pause to reassess your relationship with your sister. May God bless her and you, as well as your other sister. I'm so pleased you liked the poem. I truly appreciate your visit.

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on October 12, 2021:

My goodness... I'm so sorry to read about the loss from which you are trying to recover. I have two sisters, both younger, but one that we are all currently warring with about her political choices over the last year - your work here gives me pause to re-think if any of that is important in the grand scheme of things.

This was such a beautiful tribute & the two of you looked absolutely darling in the pose with the green and blue dresses! This particular verse took me out : "A photograph in black and white, Remembering a time in print

More value than a coin in mint."

Maybe one day your soul will be once again graced by the warmth of your sister's soul, until then, I wish you peace. And also, I'm going to call my sister and put an end to this silliness - life is too short.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 11, 2021:

Thank you so much, Nithya. It is hard but your comment helps. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for stopping by.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 11, 2021:

Wow, Shauna, very generous critique. I'm honored you found it pleasing. I guess I was writing from a place of love and it informed the flow. Thank you so much for your visit and support.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 11, 2021:

A sweet poem and a great tribute for your sister. Photographs help to recall and relive all the wonderful moments with our near and dear ones. Losing a sibling is devastating and I am sorry for your great loss.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 11, 2021:

Janis, this is such a beautiful, tender tribute to sister love. And beautifully penned, I might add. Your story flows like a gentle stream.

So sorry you lost your sister, but pleased that this prompt has allowed the healing process to begin.

Absolutely supreme poetry, Janis!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 11, 2021:

Hello Chitrangada, always good to see you. I'm glad you enjoyed my response. It has been hard living without her but writing this helped me focus on the love and happy memories of childhood. Thank you for your kindness.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 11, 2021:

Hi Umesh, good to see you. Glad you liked the piece and the photographs. Thank you for the blessing.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 11, 2021:

Yes, John, loss of loved ones who have yet reached their prime is most devastating. Thank you for your words of support. I value your visits.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 11, 2021:

Brenda, I appreciate your words of support and your summary of the piece. I found the last stanza to be my favorite as well. I thought it spoke directly to the challenge. Thanks again, so glad you enjoyed it.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 11, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah, for your kind words and blessings. I feel privileged to find and include a quote from Toni Morrison that fit perfectly. Thanks for your visit and read.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 11, 2021:

Hello Janis!

This is such a touching and heartfelt response to the word prompt. Sisters are the best friends. So sad, to live a life without them.

Thank you for sharing a part of your personal life. Loved your photos.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 10, 2021:

You have created a very good response to the word challenge. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photographs and memories associated with them. Stay blessed.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2021:

Janis, this is a touching tribute to your sisters. I know how devastating the loss of a sibling can be as my wife has already lost two brothers and a sister..all under sixty. Writing about it can indeed be therapeutic and help you to move forward. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 10, 2021:

Janis

Thank you for sharing a bit of your personal life with us.

It has to be hard to lose a sister.

I'm sorry you had to go through this experience.

In your poem, "Sisters in Photographs" you tell us of that strong bond you have with your sisters.

It's beautiful.

I love the last paragraph :

Timeless strength of sister love

With purity of little doves

Sisters sealed, forever framed

Life's photograph will stay the same"

I'm so glad this word prompt has helped you to start healing from your sister's untimely death.

Writing always has a therapeutic way of helping me get through things.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on October 10, 2021:

Janis, this is so sweet response to Brenda's prompt. I really enjoyed reading it. Beautifully scribbled. Thank you so much for sharing. I also liked the quote by Toni Morrison.

Blessings and Love to you and your loved ones.

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