conjecture poem # 2

charlotte, emily, ann, branwell:
well-known names – three for
famous works one for debauchery
– but there were six bronte progeny –
two older daughters unsung but from
their deaths from pneumonia in the
drafty ice wet boarding school they
attended (read of its grisly details in
jane eyre written long after by the
now-eldest sister) the widower father
snatched his remaining daughters
home to haworth the rest is known
but I think about those lost kinder –
not even a sentence about them though
the names are recorded: maria, elizabeth
had they lived might there now be a
cluster of five orbs, a second pleiades?

2021 Jacqueline Jackson