Valsa George

To My Younger Sister - Poem by Valsa George

As the ‘tick-tock' sound falls in my ears,
And its incessant refrain drops like a thud,
My memory unwinds to years fled,
When we grew under our parental roof.

Plodding miles through country lanes,
With the weight of satchel breaking our backs,
We walked together hand in hand,
To the village school, near the parish church.

Our days in school were so much fun.
Laurels and trophies, we had won.
Friends we hoarded to our heart's content,
Who made our worlds so bright and gay.

Eager to teach you the arts I learnt,
Like an arduous master, gave you drills.
Longed to see you fare on stage,
And sweep the floor with eloquence strong.

Ever and anon, through smiles and giggles,
Through every twist and turn of life,
We were together like a pair of twins,
Prodding each other to move ahead.

I watched you grow and bloom in age,
With pleasing manners and a winning smile.
At times with sibling envy,
I watched you stealing every heart.

You excelled me in looks and skills,
Surpassed me in brain and brawn,
Stole the chunk of parental love,
But never I grudged your edge on me.

We dwelt on many a similar thought,
Cherished umpteen dreams and hopes,
We stayed late on rainy nights,
Sharing hot and spicy tales.

Of passionate friendships formed and forged,
Of infatuations felt and faded,
Of scary moments encountered…
Of daring deeds performed….

Secrets ever eager to confide,
Longings always openly shared,
Together we spun the lace of life,
Together we strove to reach our goals.

It was (is) a bond too deep for words,
Which time or space could never erase.
We chased each other in eager search,
Like hungry cats sniffing for milk.

I could read even a passing thought,
That fleeted across your sentient face.
Knew every ache and pain,
That darted through your feeble heart.

I saw the struggle to stride off your woes,
That once so intensely plagued your heart.
I sensed how wearily you tried in vain,
To conceal your grief and wear a smile.

It was an agony to see you grieve,
And tried my best to bring you cheer.
With rising thrill, I watched you glow,
In course of time, you bloomed in joy!

Igniting sparks of parting pain,
You flew to an alien land.
Each time your voice trails through wireless,
I feel you near - just one breath away.

Now that you are settled in life,
With a man so cherished and three adoring sons,
And so much more you dreamt in life,
Still I wrap you in earnest prayer,
And plead my Lord to keep you safe,
From the storms and gales that sweep your way.

Comments about To My Younger Sister by Valsa George

  • (1/24/2013 9:18:00 AM)

    This poem mirrors my heart and I feel I could have been the author.While going through the poem the memories of myself and my younger sister come rushing.Many a time I read the poem and every time a new fragrance emanated. What a lovely poem ! I WISH YOU AND YOUR SIS ALL THE BEST IN LIFE.
    With regards,
    Chandra Thiagarajan
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  • Kavya . (1/24/2013 12:01:00 AM)

    wat a beautiful n innocent wish for a sibling...god bless u both n may ur love for each other grow with every passing year....a v touchy poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/23/2013 9:21:00 AM)

    the prayer of an elder sister is beautifully written here! Nice to read! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (1/22/2013 3:44:00 PM)

    Your beautifuly words giving us a great insight to a wonderful relationship never to be lost even with distance. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (1/22/2013 4:52:00 AM)

    The words are timeless for everyone who reads this, even if you are not her younger sister you still can have lot of inspiration from this_Soul (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynab Kamoonpuri (1/20/2013 10:38:00 PM)

    Oh i can so relate dis heartwarming fab free verse poem, sibling rivalry n all to my sis too. Pls read mine too. (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2013 10:53:00 AM)

    A poignant, uplifting song of deep emotion handled with grace and beauty.This shows
    a sincerety that is very moving. Family ties should stat unbroken. A real joy to read
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  • Gajanan Mishra (1/19/2013 6:55:00 AM)

    Wonderful love indeed. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (1/19/2013 1:45:00 AM)

    Wonderful! I bet you your sister will cry while reading this poem. What a good memories of the past. You succeeded in putting me on a trip to my early life. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/18/2013 5:59:00 PM)

    Beautiful Valsa - I don't have a sister so I envy you. It must be wonderful to have something and someone so very special. A great tribute to her. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath Das (1/18/2013 10:17:00 AM)

    Affection, love you poured here for your younger sister in a very fantastic way! (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2013 8:35:00 AM)

    Dear Valsa,
    Through this excellent poem you've out poured your close and loving feelings
    towards your younger sister, in all its grandeur.All through the poem I felt as if I was
    the author spelling out my feelings towards my younger sister.It made me read the tender
    write again and again.
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  • (1/18/2013 7:56:00 AM)

    These two sisters invite the attention of all alike and many of us may envy them for a while. Madam Valsa, you have catagorically proved that an elder sister was, is and will ever be a half-mother too.
    Now the turn is your younger sister`s to cherish those and these phases of her life wherein you have been playing the role of a mother cum sister....
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  • Vivek Tiwari (1/17/2013 7:34:00 PM)

    Fantastic one!
    It reminds me of my own sister. The expression that you gave to your poem are the expression of every heart that had a nostalgic understanding and feeling!
    Loved it.
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  • Jahan Zeb (1/17/2013 7:50:00 AM)

    Fantastic Valsa. You started with memories, became a teacher, told us about the love you two shared and then you prayed. It was a brilliant piece. I loved the twists here and there.

    We chased each other in eager search,
    Like hungry cats sniffing for milk.

    You have shown your intense love for your sister. the between two sister is really unique. It appears as if I know you very well.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 17, 2013

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