Meet Suzie & Jack

Meet Suzie & Jack

Meet Suzie & Jack, a sister and brother who go on an unforgettable, magical adventure together. Continuing in the use of poetry as character sketching for my novel-in-progress – here is their poem.


Suzie and Jack

Born on a snowy December night, the girl

eight minutes older than the boy

to a mother who sewed clothes and told stories

fixed them eggs and always baked them

their favorite angel food cake with cherries

for their birthday.

Their father laughed and smiled, leaving for work

every morning at the train station

his cap on his head, a sack lunch and

a kiss before he left.

The girl rushed to get her drawing pencils

her notepad tucked into her school bag

she chewed her nails as she waited

for her brother to walk to the bus

her hair neatly tied with two blue ribbons

her shoes laced and buttons done.

He lost his glasses, he’d make her late again

she rushed to help him find them, throwing the breakfast dishes

in the sink, apologizing to Mama, running up the stairs

feeling as if the weight of the world

were always on her shoulders, worrying she’d miss a question

on her spelling exam at school.

Copyright July 28, 2016 Stacie Eirich


Suzie & Jack are based on real people of the same names– my mother and her twin brother. While it is exciting to write characters based on people you love, it is also a nervous process because I want to reflect them as truthfully as possible. I hope I have written them true to how they were as children, their feelings and love they had for each other and the world around them. Their wild adventure in my story is the making of my own imagination, but I do hope it will bring them smiles when they read it. And to all my readers — a sense of wonder and fantastical dreams.

*Note* The above sketch is one I found in a google search (the origins of which I’m unsure), that I will not be using in the novel – I am hoping to have drawings of the real-life Suzie & Jack to include in it. But the above one does capture the style I like and envision.