Mary Nagy

Rookie (11-08-1970)

Family Picture?

What is a family picture?
Is it all for real?
Are the people that you see
pretending they don't feel?

Can you see their anger?
Can you smell their fear?
Do you sense unhappiness
in the picture that's so clear?

We're trying to be perfect,
to look a certain way.
A family picture says so much
when there's nothing nice to say.

You plaster on the fake smile.
You put your arms 'just so'.
You show the world your family
without letting your family show.

Submitted: Monday, March 07, 2005
Edited: Friday, January 05, 2007

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: family, anger, smile, fear, people, world

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Family Picture? by Mary Nagy )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie Joseph Daly (11/11/2005 11:23:00 AM)


    I have only just come across this piece of your works. I used a similar title for one of mine. I think families can be very restrictive. They are the preperation ground for life but they are also a form of sub societies, if you get my drift. This is the best of your family works, I think as it says so much about how families are almost a microcosm of the larger world.

    There is almost a perversion of society at large, within the family. Its own rules; the difference between siblings, etc.

    These are important issues. I sense a certain disillusionment within this particular work as if there was something that you wanted and once you got it you found that it was not what you thought. It is a common enough experience but put in the context of the familily then I think we are almost within forbidden territory. A brave piece, nonetheless.

    I am not entirely comfortable with your style, perhaps because you are too forthright. That is not to say that I do not place a value on your work, I most certainly do. Perhaps we do need poets who are 'in your face' and direct.

    I look forward to reading more of your work.

    All the best,

    Denis Joe (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Tears In Rain (8/29/2005 7:17:00 PM)

    Your right about this Image Preservation that has been practiced through the ages, but isn't it nice to have those portraits? Keeps you remembering... Keeps you guessing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points A. B. (5/11/2005 1:20:00 AM)

    This is so right. It perfectly describes how things are in this world we are living in.

    Arsiema Berhane (Report) Reply

Read all 7 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If, Rudyard Kipling
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. To an Athlete Dying Young, Alfred Edward Housman
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

...... Read complete »


Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Id est, Frank Avon
  2. December 28th: Feast Of The Holy Innocents, Saiom Shriver
  3. End of the Year, Light Mark
  4. Let It Be on Monday, God, Donal Mahoney
  5. Rain, Devin Lasker
  6. Lyrics Lifted Aloft, Saiom Shriver
  7. Who Are They?, Gbolagade Taiwo
  8. Broken Marriage, Donal Mahoney
  9. New York City, Dawson Walter Smith
  10. I will turn my eyes from you, Nero CaroZiv
[Hata Bildir]