She has been there for us always and this was not her burden to bear,
She provided us with food, warmth, love and the greatest of care.
She was only a child not a teen not even close to that age range,
She took on our mother’s responsibilities which to us seemed rather strange.
She complained not once about the lack of money leading to the lack of food,
She always took the little of what we had and made due.
She would come in after school giving us books to read as she did homework,
She would as always take time out to clean up mother’s dirt.
She would run mother a hot bath gently helping her into the old porcelain tub,
She would wash mother’s long hair and give her back a scrub.
She made mother’s bed stripping away the stained filthy bed covers putting on clean ones,
She took care of mother never judging her for what she done.
She would hide all the liquor and beer outside burying it deep in a hole,
She took whippings because mother would ask for it she never told.
She is our oldest sister but to me she is a perfect angel in disguise,
She was a child too mother didn’t care or she didn’t realize.
She knew we would someday be separated but she promised to always stay in touch,
She did just that and more because she loved us so much.
She is the glue which holds us siblings together and reminds us to be strong,
She is and always was mother’s substitute when mother left us alone.
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I was inspired to write this poem while sitting having a conversation with my sister about things that happened when we were kids. I just felt that I needed to let her know what her every action meant to me and I feel that I speak for my other siblings as well.