When her twin died

Sharing this again because I’m crying.

poetry from the frontera

for Tina upon the death of her sister, Frida

When her twin died Tina lost her bearing. The sisters had never been apart.  They slept together like friendly lovers.  Cleaned each other’s face and ears, behind the neck.  Frida never even had to speak, for Tina heard her thoughts.  They played together in their dreams each night, running under the desert sun.  Their hair the color of a fawn.  Their bellies and feet, precious and pink.  Their little hands in little white gloves.

Frida made up games for just the two of them.  Tina was the athlete.  The warrior.  The beauty of the family.  The sweetness.  Indomitable.  Frida, the artist.  The invalid.  The intrepid one. The creative.  She worshipped fire.  She feared no one.  Together they were the Amazon princessas.  Inseparable.  Invisibly conjoined.  So when Frida died, she became Tina’s phantom appendage.  The agony of amputation without the blood.  And…

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