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All You Need to Know about My Sister, Penny, in 70 Words
Edwin Romond


This is the truth:
If I told my sister I needed her
to drive two hours from her house
in New Jersey and be at my house
in Pennsylvania at 3 AM
but could not yet tell her why,
without asking explanation
I know at five minutes
to three her headlights
would warm the darkness
of my driveway, Penny
would get out, hug me, and
say, “Edwin, how can I help?”

© by Edwin Romond.
Used with the author's permission.

Edwin Romond  is a poet, playwright, and composer. Now retired, he taught English for more than 30 years in Wisconsin and New Jersey. Edwin's award-winning work has appeared in numerous literary journals, college text books, and anthologies, and has been featured on National Public Radio. His newest collection, Man at the Railing, from NYQ Books, recently won the Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Award. A native of Woodbridge, New Jersey, Edwin now lives in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, with his wife. Learn more about him at




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What a fantastic relationship!
Posted 04/20/2022 10:51 PM
So beautiful a poem and so blessed to experience this.
Posted 04/15/2022 04:13 PM
Wilda Morris:
Those of us who have such wonderful sisters (and brothers) are so fortunate! Thank you for expressing sibling love so well.
Posted 04/10/2022 05:16 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
What a wonderful poem that shows love between siblings. My sister has further to go but she would jump on a plane in a millisecond if I needed her and vice versa.
Posted 04/10/2022 12:20 PM
Pat Brisson:
Such a lovely tribute! It touched my heart and made me smile. Thanks, Ed.
Posted 04/10/2022 08:47 AM

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