Five Sisters

five girls

Five sisters are we
I deeply love each of you
And I know you love me.
For a short time we were together
‘til life pulled us apart
and three of us married.

We sometimes still gather
With our mom,
Our lovely mom who sacrificed her life for us.
She is the strongest woman in the world
Facing all life’s problems alone
Insisting on our education.

Sometimes, I wish for our childhood again.
To go with my sisters to the shop and buy chocolates
Or sit beside my oldest sister and study.
I miss the times she hugged me
While we played chess.

I miss the days we were together
In our childhood.

By Rabia A.

Photo: Adam Ferguson / New York Times


  1. I loved reading this and I loved feeling the affection and warmth you feel for your sisters and mother. Good job with the rhymes as well. I hope the women in your world appreciate this one! Stacy

  2. shahira says:

    Dear Rabia Jan,
    Thank you very much or your very nice and thoughtful poem, it was a very good poem.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.


  3. Dear Rabia A,
    I love this piece because I have five daughters, and they love each other as you love your sisters. In fact, they work together in a film production company called Five Sisters Productions.
    Sibling love is very special and isn’t written about nearly enough. I hope you and your sisters will have many more opportunities to be together again.
    I’m also touched by how you love and honor your mother, a strong brave woman. Are you able to show her this? It will warm her heart.
    Thank you.

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