Her name was Mary and she lived in a postcard. Her brother carried her from place to place. He took her to Hawaii and he took her to Paris, before they spent one year in Timbuktu.
Her smile was cut from sunshine; her eyes reflected ocean off the Cote d’Azure.
He liked to remind her of their childhood, when on Sundays they’d go to church and they’d sing in the choir and their mother would wave from the farthest pew.
Her brother was a good man, he’d show her off to anyone who asked.
Six sailors fell in love with her and seven priests prayed for her until the day she died at eighty two.
It was the last day of summer in Warsaw, when the rain came in torrents and he dropped her in a puddle coated with an iridescent sheen.
Her hair turned to ink and her smile faded in a blink and that man cried because his sister was gone for good.