A (Dys)Functional Family

March 18, 2018
By RachelLP BRONZE, Medford, New Jersey
RachelLP BRONZE, Medford, New Jersey
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We all sat by the fire
as he played his guitar
and despite our disputes
from earlier
our socked feet
tapped to the same beat
of old songs
we all knew

We all sat by the fire
as she ran her once steady piano fingers
through her hair
that had turned a grey color
surprisingly fast

We all sat by the fire.
Even sat the one whose
swollen eyes did not really open anymore
after her loss.
She hummed to the music, anyway
and I swear I saw her eyelids draw open
like curtains
ready to see this show of a world
with a little help from the rest of us

We all sat by the fire
including the one whose mind had left
and who desired an escape
from this “confusing” world.
The mindless one still sat and tapped
her fragile socked foot on the hardwood floor
that was the same mahogany
as the guitar

We all sat at the table
holding hands
and saying the same grace that
we all knew.
Despite the cold winter outside
our holding hands warmed out frostbitten fingers
and we decided that we were functional.

The author's comments:

After reading this, I hope people re-evaluate their opinions on their family. One may think their family is crazy or weird, but all families have something in common- the ability to come together. I think that's important. 

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