RETURN TO TIME
My sister challenged me to a small game-
A game of snakes and ladders.
One for pride, and one for familial fame,
Another to lay claim to glory’s name,
We played on:
We were both as mad as hatters,
An innocent game became a duel-
A duel fought bitterly.
First she won, then I - Ah! Fate was cruel,
To raging fire, losses added fuel,
Neither felt one bit sisterly,
Have since that unworldly night come and gone-
Gone is also our childhood.
Husbands and children — they claim every dawn,
In the circle of life, I’m just a pawn,
I am lost:
For the trees, I can’t see the wood,
So many nights!
My sister and I have set aside time-
Time to recreate those hours.
It’ll be just us in our personal clime,
Losing to her will be the only crime,
We will play:
And once again be free of scars,