To Sharon: Part II

Memories are few,

and even those are suspect,

forty years of life

on top of what came before.



there is no doubt,

and never will be,

that my sister, Sharon,

changed this world,

with anything

and everything she could find:





Moving us,

cracking us open, 

challenging us.



A short life,

a full life,

a whole life.


The memories are few,

and sometimes suspect,

but everything I’ve become 

is built upon this:


Sharon Elizabeth Ortlip

January 10, 1958  –  June 18, 1976



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