Two Lives (A Two-Voiced Poem)
Carol Ann Kathy
The first two of fourteen
First born Second born
Siblings bounced on both their hips
Career Woman Stay-at-home mom
No children Three children Nun College Student
TV Anchorwoman Tennis player
A Run for Congress World Traveler
PhD from Trinity College Business Spouse
When she shunned college for the convent She snuck outside the abbey,
she yearned for news about her family. and whispered while she swept.
Worried about the brother born premature. Delivering the latest news.
Breaking her vow of silence. Sinning.
A year apart in age,
a lifetime apart in interests.
Two lives diverging since childhood,
And now they're back together,
taking care of their mother.
One last babysitting assignment.
Seventy years later.
3/13/2017 08:45:07 pm
What a wonderful idea for a post! It's a wonderful way to share your family!
3/13/2017 08:54:46 pm
I love this so much! Beautiful job!!
3/13/2017 09:40:38 pm
A perfect poetry form for your two aunts. And the matching dress with rik rak black and white photo is the perfect introduction. I'm always amazed at how much can be conveyed with less words in poems. I feel like I know these 2 amazing women! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of their life.
3/13/2017 09:45:06 pm
I loved learning about your mom and aunt through your very creative poem. Thank you for sharing the amazing lives of two important women in your life
3/13/2017 10:07:22 pm
Gorgeous poem, and great use of the two-voice for. I especially loved the part when you were aching to hear news from home. It just shows how hard it is to be obedient. The ending - Aunt/Mother is powerful. Thanks for sharing!
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Brian Kissel is an Associate Professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His focus is writing instruction. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hattie and three kiddos: Charlie, Ben, and Harriet.