Idle’s Sister

Who could believe such love and hate between

Daughters? Patience is always straining,

Working, never enough. Never good enough in

Intelligence or aesthetics. Especially not in kindness.

Idle is always good enough- far too good-

As she gargles polish every morning to show

Off. She marries at 19 to prove she is superior

And ready to raise daughters. 

She chides Patience’s Frost and illuminates her

Own crafts and odds. Patience now acts precariously.

“Couldn’t there be some pink added, Idle?” But

Pink is a child’s color. Patience has no friends

And longs for them. Idle has 21 friends and

Hates them all. All but Patience, but really Patience’s sister

Is better. Patience and Idle will end their friendship

Soon by Patience’s choice, when the first rusted leaf falls.

She has been told she is good 

Enough to love and be loved.

Published by Alanna Backen

Hi, I’m Alanna Backen. Welcome to my writing pad. I'm an aspiring author hoping to change the world for the better, one word at a time. Let's make some good fruit!

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