Kyra

Kyrie Elesion,
Kyra, my sister,
twenty-nine years ago,
just before Christmas, in 1983
I last saw your face,
hugged you close,
I had a new life
snuggled within my womb
and a beautiful son
at my side;
you’d set us all adrift
wondering how a mother
could leave her two bairns
for a grifter;
I cared for your children as best
I could… praying for your
awakening…
for you to come back.

I am your elder now,
the eleven years reversed
several solstices ago,
each year I am haunted,
I was in the shower,
Boxing Day, your children
had survived Christmas Day,
I invoked the light,
we all gathered them close
pouring light into the gap of you,
then an unexpected knock,
it’s always the unexpected knock
I fear the most, and then your
ex-husband spoke, “Kyra is dead”,
dark words misted
a sunlight morn, you’d taken
an overdose of your lover’s
heart medication, then a long trip
to my in-laws to leave my sweet son
for a while and with hearts beyond heavy
we told my mother her first born
daughter was gone forever…

Kyrie Elesion, Kyra
my sister, may you find peace…

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13 thoughts on “Kyra

  1. there will be everlasting light in her eyes, as will be in yours – after reading the beautiful poem for your sister I now burn a candle to spread the love of light – give you warmth and comfort, sweet Marsha

  2. M, I shall ask no questions, but I should say this is so clearly revealing, very raw, very brave. A story that has not only a feeling of love, but also a deep sense of betrayal. Isn’t this the occasional story of family! I believe there will be many, who read this poem, for whom there is a familiar resonance here. And what a fine touch with the title lines, which hold a bitter sweet irony, carrying as they do the classic Greek cant… Lord have mercy on us! Well written, Marsha.

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