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Given the Space Between Trees

Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon by Caspar David Friedrich Wikimedia Commons

Space, like time, is psychological

                                                                                 as well as physical

                                                                                             —Georgia O’Keeffe

       —Laleh and Ledan Bijani, 29-year-old Iranian twins

                                joined at the head, died in Singapore July 8, 2003

                   during surgery to separate them.

 

In the forest of my friend’s backyard,

I ponder the space between trees—

openings where shadows mix with light.

 

Space defines us,

allows us

to be who we are.

 

It is the space we must

water and nurture

before we embrace another.

 

Joined at the head, the sisters

wanted a chance to know

ordinary lives.

 

They risked it all for a dream,

the desire for a separate garden,

a parcel of air between them.

 

If you and I should join together,

I hope we will remember

the Persian twins who died for space.

 

(Lede photo: Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon by Caspar David Friedrich  )

 

 

 


About the author

Shirley J. Brewer

Shirley J. Brewer graduated from careers in bartending, palm-reading and speech therapy. She serves as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts & Technology in Baltimore. Her poems garnish BarrowStreet, Poetry East, Slant, Gargoyle, Comstock Review, and many other journals. Shirley’s poetry chapbooks include A Little Breast Music, 2008, Passager Books, and After Words, 2013, Apprentice House. In 2017, Main Street Rag released her first full-length collection of poems, Bistro in Another Realm. Shirley was awarded the first Creativity Award for Excellence in Plorking (Play + Work) from the University of Baltimore, where she earned her Master’s degree in Creative Writing/Publishing Arts. Her definition of shame is a bare wrist. Contact the author.
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