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poetry, ghosts, loss, remembrance, oil painting,


"Little Sister" is a companion painting to Maj Ragain's "Winter for Skylark and Little Sister." Here are a few stanzas of his poem… “I saw this child once, When I was six, as I was walking home from Shields school, past the cemetery… She covered her small breasts with her hands. She pleaded for something I couldn’t hear. This is the voice I have been listening for, all these years. It is the voice this poem wants to speak with. How to make a mouth under the Dragon’s Blood." Maj Ragain. "Burley One Dark Sucker Fired: Collected Poems". Working Lives Series, Bottom Dog Press. Huron, OH, 1998, p.48