Role Model by Scarlett Mann
Scarlett Mann gets creative through poetry upon reflection. Scarlett has a younger sister, Alexa.
My shoes are too big for you!’
I’d say to her wobbling frame, propped up on black heels
she’d borrowed from my wardrobe.
‘But I want to be like you!’ she’d cry.
My old teachers know her, echoes of my name on their tongues
as they call the register, the occasional
slip making the class confused.
‘Guess what? They think I’m you!’ she’d cry.
Her laugh tickles the air with its playful sound
as hints of me fade, only flickering on days
where mountains need moving, banana bread needs baking.
‘There’s still whispers of me!’ I think.
Now her feet tread not in footprints or in shadow
but alongside. Walking on her own but
always next to me. And then it hits.
‘Hey, baby sis? I want to be like you.