To the Sister I’ll Never Know

My dear sister, Grace Marie-Gisèle Mpisi, passed away on 21 October 1992. She was only 4 years old when she took her final breath. I was 5 months old when she died, so I never got the chance to really know her. Today marks 28 years since she grew her angel wings. I've written this short poem to celebrate her life and her love which I'll carry with me forever. I truly hope you enjoy it.


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My beloved Grace Marie-Gisèle; my beloved big sister I’ll never know

You grew your angel wings too soon; your heart stopped beating many moons ago

As I began my life as your little sister, yours was coming to an end here down below

For four years you warmed our parents’ hearts, and for five months you watched me grow

My beloved Grace Marie-Gisèle; my beloved big sister I’ll never know

Mom and dad hardly spoke of you; their little girl they never wanted to let go

I can’t image the pain they went through; certainly, more than a tough row to hoe

For years they put on a brave face; with strength and secrecy they took in each blow

My beloved Grace Marie-Gisèle; my beloved big sister I’ll never know

I don’t remember a single thing of you, so I am grateful for each photo

Your curious eyes, your gentle smile and your smooth skin the colour of coco

Your pictures tell a story of pain; they remind me that I’m never promised tomorrow

My beloved Grace Marie-Gisèle; my beloved big sister I’ll never know

My heart aches every time I think of you; like a storm, from my eyes countless tears flow

I hope we’ll meet again in heaven; I hope that one day I’ll see your halo glow

Until then just know that I’ll love you forever; after the storm, there is always a rainbow


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