famiLIES

a poem by Paula Michelle Puddephatt, UK

only
going through
easily the single most
terrifying
experience in my entire life

selfish
self-interested
so-called “family”
meanwhile
on all sides

lie evade
boast patronise
exclude
discredit
basically
business as usual then
for them

oh
and strategically
cover selves
you only had to ask
we'd do anything
apart from that
or that
or that
what be open
and tell the truth
and show respect

yes
openness and respect
that is my
minimum standard
your crap is
what I've come to expect
but no longer accept

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