The Forgotten Sisters

–Short Stories, Poetry, Storytelling, And Photography

The old house was deserted, forgotten and the silence was unbearable.  I couldn’t feel the memories that usually haunt these abandoned houses.  The broken glass crunched under my boots as I walked toward the fireplace; a ray of light from the setting sun touched the mantle and illuminated a portrait.

The beauty of the painting took my breath away.  It was enchanting, filled with mystery, and from another time.  The plaque on the wooden frame said only “The Sisters.”  I took it off the wall and held it in my hands. It felt as if I knew them.

The sound of their voices danced within my head telling me that I had met them, talked with them, and danced with them both.  I closed my eyes as within a dream.  I knew that I had loved them both, yet I knew I had walked away because I could only marry one of them.

I held the portrait close to my heart and left the abandoned house to its ghosts.  I knew I had to find out where the sisters were and what became of them.

Perhaps, I will find that story; and if not, I would write a story telling them how much I loved them and how I lost them both.


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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