by Corinne

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How do I tell him

he doesn’t love me as a sister?

You don’t tell your sister

you like going to the grocery store with her.

I have a brother

who likes me a lot.

He never looks at me like that,

with lights in his eyes,

corners crinkled in delight.

How do I tell him

you don’t tell your sister

how at home you feel with her,

and close, safe to share feelings,

and brothers don’t hug sisters

those extra seconds

when everyone is saying good-bye,

or kiss them three times on the face,

instead of a peck on the cheek

and a rabbit punch in the arm.

How do I tell him

you don’t tell your sister

how intense her eyes are,

how beautiful she looks—

How do I tell him,

and if I don’t tell him,

how long

will it take him

to know?

This is an excerpt from

A WOMAN WITHOUT A MAN  – by Corinne Edwards

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Nancy Shields
September 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Hello BFF,

I simply LOVE your book and what a wonderful excerpt you chose…. I love the title – how many times does this truly happen?

You know your book comes with me with each move that I make across the country – it’s very special to me!

Next move on Saturday – downsizing to 2 bedroom condo and ON the BEACH for the winter months….ADVENTURES….
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September 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Dear Nancy – my BFF –

Since I know you own TWO copies of my book, I am even more flattered that you take my work around on all your moves.

Yet, another?

This one on the beach? How wonderful. You really know how to do it by now.

One ADVENTURE after another. I wonder if you know how many of us envy you?


ella September 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

wow that’s really strong b/c every women has gone through something like this in her life and through the relationships she tried to build
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September 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Dear Ella –

There was a comment on my book which read –

“I thought you were reading my mail.”

We women are much more alike than we think.

Yes, we probably all have gone through something like this.


Nicole Rushin
September 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

A cliche for fear of commitment maybe or just an inability to recognize the phases of love. Or maybe they don’t feel like they deserve the love of a woman or they simply don’t know how to love. Whatever the deeper issue is; once the door to intimacy is closed it is hard to open it again.
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September 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Dear Nicole –

Probably all of the above.

Hint: When you have time to read my whole book (????)
you will see you were right all along.

So, where were you when I really needed you?

(Right again. I probably would not have listened. We only learn by going through it)


Debbie from Happy Maker
September 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Hi Corinne,

Love that one in the book. Sometimes I don’t believe they realize just how much they love you, until they think they may lose that love. You mights say a bolt of lighting has to hit them.

thank you for refreshing my memory.
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September 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Dear Debbie –

Since you have read the book, you have all the answers.

Life has its twists and turns. I think you will agree I did not miss one of them.

Would I do it all over again? (probably)

My sister always says –

“You have done it all. You did not miss a thing.”


sapir September 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

so pure and innocent.. beautiful poem, Corinne!
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September 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Dear Sapir –

Yeah, I was pretty pure and innocent when I wrote that poem.

Now ….. after some bruises –

not quite as much.


Kathy Ver Eecke September 28, 2011 at 7:22 am

C: It’s those bruises that give you character, and help direct you in the future. I don’t see you as one of those people who sticks their finger in the flame more than once. “oww! fire hurts.” “ow. fire hurts.” I think you get it, you learn and you move forward. Right? Wrong? Maybe? Not?
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September 28, 2011 at 10:42 am

Yes, Kathy –

I have learned.

The most important lesson is when a man tells you he is “not ready for a relationship” – BELIEVE HIM.

Women tend to think – “oh, I change that.”



sapir September 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Dear Corrnie,
those bruises can be a great inspiration to a new poem 🙂
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September 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

Dear Sapir –

My book is unusual in that it tells the story in poems – and letters to all different people.

When you have time, read it.

You’ll find lots of follow up poems you might enjoy.


sapir October 1, 2011 at 3:05 am

great, where can i find this book?
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October 1, 2011 at 7:08 am

Hi Sapir –

Just go to the bottom of this article and click on the Buy link. It will bring you to Amazon.

Hope you enjoy i t.


sapir October 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

thanks 🙂
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celestine September 28, 2011 at 1:57 am

beautiful poem,This poem is very inspiring..Thanks a lot to refresh my memory..
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September 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

You are welcome, Celestine.

Hope you enjoyed the rest of the book.

If not – will you get it for yourself?


Wendy September 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

I don’t have any brothers.. But I can feel that you appreciate your brother..
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September 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

Dear Wendy –

My brother and I are only 13 months apart.

It was him and me against the world when we were kids.

It still is. We really are close.


Ambien Andy November 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

The talant is hiding)) do you have any other poems?!


November 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Dear Ambien Andy –

I have four books published that have my poetry included. A Woman Without A Man too. The others are out of print but can be accessed in used books on Amazon under my name – Corinne Edwards.

They only cost a few dollars.

Thanks for your interest. Let me know if you have any trouble finding them.


Chukwuka Okwukwe Chukwuka November 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Hi! Corinne,
I came straight up from Debbie’s blog.

About your poem, it’s way too cool, teachy and truthful. It happens to both sexes though – when a guy tells a lady he can’t date her because he loves her like a sister and vice-versa. I’ve experienced that twice. Not so cool, I must say.

You are a good poet.

Bless you,


November 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Hello -and welcome Chukwuka Okwukwe –

Debbie is a great blogger and communicator so any friend of hers is an automatic friend of mine.

Thanks for contributing here. Yes, it is not so cool for anyone – male or female.

Now that we have connected – come back and visit.


Pigeon Forge Cabins February 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

What a wonderful and fresh perspective Corinne. I am glad I found your book and your blog!

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March 1, 2012 at 7:35 am

Glad you enjoyed it, Joe.

You can also get this book in Kindle now.


I love your site.


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