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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

The dealings of families

I’ve got a family

Do you have one?

What kind of famly have you got?

Is it one that sweetens the plot?

The one that knows everything about everyone and does whatever it can do for everyone whenever it can because it can rather than not?


Turn on the TV

And you’ll find the smiley, seamlessly steamed serene prototype

They hide everything, fight it out, blame everyone, and forgive everything

Horray for the hype!

You turn to your family and hide as they slice away your soul

Then tell you that they’re your friend and will catch  you when you fall


You laugh as you observe half

Of your family kill over a shred of the world

You laugh that tearful laughter

When you learn the same things you and your family are after

You say sorry when you don’t have to

You get beaten when don’t need to

And when you look for common ground

Well, there’s an area for disaster


Funny how families are

We need them to frame who we are

After a while they lose something

A taste, a texture, a flavour, a fervor, a game-toy-indulgence fever

You respect the old then despise them

You dwell with the young but can’t size them

You say you are alone among many

And they say you aren’t worth a penny


Lucky are the ones who say they have a family

And mean it

Lucky are the ones who claim humanity a victory

In this time travellers’ capsule

With one family you shoot into space

All clinging to one another, all for one, and one for all

With another the rocket never left the place

And everyone still debates who can see better in the crystal ball


Submitted: December 17, 2015

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