This poem was inspired by childhood summers spent in Scarborough. Those were good summers: I wrote fan fiction, made Clow Cards, doodled cats and hung out with kids from the neighbourhood, who all seemed to come in pairs of two or more siblings. Due to China’s one-child policy, which was still in effect when I was born, I was (and still am) an only child. I wasn’t exactly lonely, but I did wonder what it would be like to have a younger sibling—like my friends had—who would look up to me and go along with whatever scheme I cooked up. At one point, I was supposed to have a kid brother, but that didn’t happen. I still think about him from time to time, so this poem is a kind of alternate reality, a reimagining of a possibility from the past, brought to life in a future where 3D-printing could give you the sibling you wished for.
Here are other poems from Strange Horizons that I loved:
- “Before I Opened My Eyes” by Maggie Damken
- “Mother of Invention” by Alex Grover
- “Advice for Time Travelers” by Mary Soon Lee
Happy reading! And best of luck to those doing NaNoWriMo this month. 🙂