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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue Two, May 2013

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PLAINSONG FOR MY SISTER A Poem By DEVIN HARRISON It's as if we were always together, she was my advocate, plainly set herself in charge of my life, decided that some vigilance was due, the dreamer in our mother was a caution, my life needed plain overseeing, the fragile lace doilies paling the arms of sofas, dull pewter, the pale bony interiors of demitasses in the China cabinet instilled a moribund awe; she assumed an omniscient bearing, midwife at birth, wet nurse during infancy, later a protector against the small inequities, fish bones in the throat; how she drew me aside when our father railed, our mother mourned, gathered me together with her in determined separateness, silenced the compelling knell that beckoned during my becoming.

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