When BGX editors asked The Lighthouse staff to write a letter to a woman they loved, it inspired Margaree Jackson to reflect on what it’s meant to be a big sister. She wrote a poem, and in celebration of National Poetry month, we decided to share it here to affirm the sweet bonds of sisterhood.
To my little sisters:
I’ve watched you both grow, flourish, and blossom
through various stages and phases.
I admire the sonorous notes and melodies
you add to our family tune
with each Broadway musical song you sing.
I cherish the countless moments
of joy, wonder, and laughter
you’ve given me so graciously.
I see beauty, strength, and valor
in each of you.
Even when life gets hard,
I want you both to remember:
You are fearfully and wonderfully made,
you are strong and you are brave,
you are bright and brilliant,
you are valued and loved.
You belong to a sisterhood
of astounding Black women
who love and support you.
I can’t wait to see
the young women you become
and the many picturesque gardens you will cultivate
with every TikTok and YouTube video you make
and every road trip we take.
Your big sister