To My Sister
You will never see the sky again.
We shall not quarrel anymore.
You have set yourself free, left me
behind, to experience
the aches of solitude.
To see the sun sink
beyond the rooftops.
You took up all the room
but it was not your fault.
I cowered, hidden away
in the eaves, grabbing at crumbs.
You would fill the kitchen
with words and I would hurry
out of sight, not wanted,
no place for me.
My sister Kathleen, committed suicide in 2011, at the age of 49. I was 3 years younger.
Here are some songs we used to listen to together during our childhood in the '70.
Nino Ferrer, LE SUD and THE GARDEN. Two of her favourites.
UP, UP AND AWAY Music for pleasure. My first personal record that I listened to from age 6. And I still do.
a song by Jimmy Webb, 1967, sung by Enchanted Escape. Albuquerque, Balloon Festival every year in October. Here.
Peter Skellern, MANIFESTO and YOU'RE A LADY. The second, my all-time favourite.
Vinyl album 1972
John Spencer, MAMY BLUE. One of our favourites, she and I.
1971 version by the Pop Tops
Kris Kringle, SUSIE. My little private song.
On the album Memphis
And to finish on a joyful note,
GUANTANAMERA, performed by The Sandpipers.