KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 10: Fall 2018
Poem: 193 words

I could write about my sister

by Margot DeSalvo
holding my hand or linking arms
as we shopped around the mall.
I could write about my sister
and me in the mirror, she 
standing in my old bra
and the new panties we bought 
the night before
at CVS. 
I could write about
her long wavy hair
and how I had to
teach her how 
to keep it clean 
and unknotted,
or how I showed her
how to shave her legs. 
Yet, I can’t recall 
my own reflection 
or how I taught 
myself at that age.
I could write about
how I wonder
if she or I 
take after our mom more.
I could write about calling 
on the first day of school,
listening to her discuss
her outfits and boys
of middle school, 
wishing her luck
and wishing I could be there. 
I could write about 
how our mother’s dark 
Spanish hair haunts me
and how neither of us have 
her olive skin.  
I could write about 
when my little sister 
called me beautiful,
she called me 
when she 
brought tears to my eyes
because she said
“Of course I worry 
about you.”


Margot DeSalvo
Issue 10, Fall 2018

is a college composition and creative writing instructor in New York and New Jersey. Her writing has been published by Sonic Boom, Clarendon House Publications, The Pangolin Review, Whale Road Review, Streetlight Press, Dying Dahlia, and Downtown Brooklyn. According to her little sister, Margot loves house appliances, does not go to the movies often, is obsessed with mugs, and doesn’t like peanuts. Together, they still love walking through the mall, arms linked and disagreeing on fashion. Sometimes they share an Oreo milkshake.

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