A Song for my Sisters-in-Law
We spent our time in parks to watch our kids.
In Brooklyn near the Children’s Museum
with coffee hot and some Carpe-diem,
to walk the city streets and learn the grids.
My Sister-in-Law holding Buddha’s hand.
To bring a smile with sense of calming dove
through children bound by strong familial love,
through choices, changing our disrupted land.
To give this poem as gift to Cameron’s
experiences shared over our food
or watching a movie in Manhattan.
To Nate, her husband, and her two young sons
when playing with my children a prelude
to moments where loud laughter is captain.
The other sister living in Taiwan.
To remember when she was just a teen
with daily visits to discuss her scene
in disbelief that she is truly gone.
With eye for classical beauty and grace
within dedication of art and craft.
To teach children in world where understaffed
to take a risk and find a peace in place.
So daughters watch her with adoring eyes.
A strength my daughter needs to know exists.
To know the freedom to find who you are.
In Taiwan to strengthen her global ties.
I thank my Sisters-in-Law for their gifts.
We feel your strong influence from afar.
An only child I never had sisters.
I spent my time mostly reading good books
preparing for the meals that Trina cooks
with homegrown vegetables for our dinner.
Her life a dedication to the art
and California citrus trees in bloom.
To stretch her canvas in a shaded room
and through her garden we can see her heart.
True blessings I was unaware exist
within the knot of family I have found
a light that shines on paths below our feet.
Your presence, sisters, always to assist.
Each thread in ball of yarn is tightly wound
which makes the prayer real each time we meet.
A special thanks to my brothers dear wife.
You calmed my madness with a patient ear,
you helped me calm my irrational fear.
Your sunshine fed dried seedlings back to life.
Its hard to find a friend like you Kimmee,
a friendship only found through a sister,
a love supported by a strong brother,
my brother, you are always strong, Andy.
To me your myths are sung within my songs,
each sister has a universe of smiles
with quiet wisdom embedded in love.
In family where everyone belongs
though each of us lead separate lifestyles
a, Sister-in-Law, gift from up above.