For decades you looked out calmly from the wall
of a room that was frozen in time.
never spoken of,
kept for Sundays.
All through my childhood as I learned and grew,
you watched as I took my time for granted.
safe from harm.
You looked enough like me to make me wonder,
although I knew that I should never ask,
lost in a half smile,
bow perfectly placed,
pinafore pristine white.
Everything else about you has been forgotten,
only a single image moves on through time,
your favourite games,
your special times,
the sound of your voice………..
You have seen me muddle my way through a lifetime
while you waited behind your wall of dusty glass,
Still and silent you are my eternal sister,
left behind while I move on to count the years.
You do not judge,
you do not feel pity,
you do not mourn or laugh.
The great aunt
who never grew up.