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.