Portraits of My Sister

 

 

It pains me that I was not there for you when you underwent the most change.

I missed out on all your transition periods, your milestones.

I couldn't teach you what I knew, what I've been through.

Birthdays, graduation, heartbreaks.

I hold fast to what remnants there are of our childhood.

Memories, photos. The silly games.

They fade, they get lost. We stopped playing.

But I have never changed what I thought of you.

Despite distance.

My fondness of you remains steadfast and unwavering.

Despite distance.

In fact, it grows, as the maturing of trees -

Taller, bigger, stronger.

Despite distance.

Though I am still getting to know you,

And you me...

Know this -

You are my sister,

and none shall replace you.

 

Karekare beach, New Zealand, 2012.

 

Kaikoura, New Zealand, 2012.

 

Orange.

 
 

Bedroom, 2016.

 
 
 
 

CHristchurch, New Zealand, 2017.

 
 

Luang Prabang, Laos, 2017.

Pairs:

Hotel room, Taiping, 2016.

 

Being elegant.

 
 
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Outlining.

Not being elegant.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I miss you, my sweet sister.