Rivalry’s Stamp

The sun’s rays beamed,

A bright day in California summer.

As the lazy afternoon droned on, the truck eased in, stopping to deposit the daily packages.

Inside the abode peels of conflict arose.

The eldest raced barefoot outside.

She collected the envelopes and came back in.

Upon reentry, she was greeted by a ferocious beast.

The angered child waved a blade, threatening to take life or limb.

A chase ensued.

That day began an endless pursuit;

a lifelong dance to retrieve whatever right was thought usurped.

The steel still glimmers

ready to chip, divide, and cut further the sister seal loosed that day.

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