Siblings, Paul Klee, 1930 

A double portion to the eldest son,
the first-born inherits more than equal share,
but for him, beyond his father’s will,
blood-brother, likewise, not of woman born.
Its distant lore from Siam torn,
swimming from genetic pool and amniotic sac,
after Caesar, each with legs, head, eyes,
but both with share core puzzles’ way,
cord binding as aortic valve.
As jungle law, despite anatomy,
first-lifted becomes the heartless one,
the second, bonded slave to brother’s will,
whose feet must tread where other leads,
despite the backward longing glance,
suggested sibling rivalry.
Will their intentions find accord,
though focus views on different points?
Where do their interests intersect,
pie charts amongst the envelopes?
Is there record of common cause,
alongside blooded arteries?
Maybe concord in same vein,
recorder play, remembered tune,
circulated rhythmic pulse?
Surgery may have a heart
but has it courage to model one,
or cordial to stimulate?
Is there a future fashion, both cards marked,
where one may become as two?

Posted on 8th September 2019 at Nine Muses Poetry

Published by Stephen Kingsnorth

Stephen Kingsnorth, 67, is retired from ministry in the Methodist Church and living in north Wales. To retain appearance on his blog, a piece must be accepted by a publisher. I have had pieces accepted for publication by Nine Muses Poetry; Voices Poetry; Eunoia Review; Runcible Spoon; Ink Sweat and Tears; The Poetry Village; Amethyst Review; Softblow Literary Journal; From the Edge; Soul-Lit; Sparks of Calliope; The Academy of the Heart and Mind, Allegro, Ekphrastic Review, The Recusant, Militant Thistles, Visual Verse, Another North, The Literary Yard; Gold Dust, The Seventh Quarry, The Dawntreader & Foxtrot Uniform Poetry Magazines, and Vita Brevis Anthology ‘Pain and Renewal’.

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