Only Family I Have

A New View


Up, inside, down, and beneath

you are the only kin left me

so I have to forgive you your

distance and unkindnesses

that sprinkle me like watering

the lawn on the hottest



Sideways, near, out, and away

I wonder how other families

with lots of siblings and living

parents, cousins, and more

manage all the noise. You go quiet

and I have to remind you over

and more, calmly and loved

that you are the only family

I have.










Author's Notes/Comments: 

For Laurence Apicella. Thanks for the inspiration.

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