Being too much the devil and too much
the angel, yet the soul of a wicked
little brother, I wish I had at the time
known to ask: what sin did ever I commit
to deserve the scourge of that girl?
We laugh about it now, those days,
before we Hanseled and Greteled away,
she to find her way back to give
until there was nothing left to lose,
me to search the woods semi-blind,
until I lost what she had found.
But now we are past all that and together
we look into a hundred years or more
and know that although the places change,
the paths do not, no matter how often
you wander them. But it’s all right,
it really is, the crumbs are all dried
and blown away or eaten by the birds—
there’s nothing left that’s not been
given away, anyway, and given gladly,
long, long ago.
This poem is for my sister, Lucinda, better known as Cindy. (Her second name, Lenora, she shares with our maternal grandmother.) She will, I hope, forgive me for taking a poem from several years ago and re-writing it for this posting. In looking it over, I realized that the original was actually two poems rudely (foolishly?) pushed together. Despite its name, Lucinda, the Second Lenora is more about her and me together than just her, although, as in all things, I will always give her the lead. The other section of that original poem is now a poem all to its own and is called There; it is all very much only about Cindy and I will present it when next I post.
I love my sister very, very much and can proudly say that I am fortunate to have grown up the younger sibling of a person who is as kind, loving, generous and as intuitive as she is. And if hard work is a virtue, surely she must be the most virtuous woman on the planet! Actually, in trying to come up with the single most best word to describe her (something I have thought long and hard on) perhaps the best word is one that is sadly out of fashion these days, ‘noble,’ for that is what she is: having the bearing and mien of wisdom and authority with the stamp of humility to make her kind nature shine through.
And this, mind you, despite the fact that as children we fought like wet cats and dogs (alas, too true) and that she, being the older, was the most wicked little manipulator and torturer that the good Lord put on this side of the Hundred Year’s War (alas, also true.)
Gosh what a wonderful, rich life we have lead!
Thank you for reading Lucinda, the second Lenora. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed it and I humbly appreciate your visiting the Book of Pain. As always, I look forward to your comments.
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