vern eaker

(summer of 57 / Illinois U.S.A.)

The birth of a family

The birth of a family where does it start
Your parents, their parents all play a part

Virtues instilled deep within us all form
Long before an innocent child is born

Family history does have its role
Hardships and struggles take their toll

Ignorance and prejudice often passed down
From generation to generation often it’s found

Intolerance, addictions and other afflictions
Take their own form, in each new addition

Contorting and mixing contaminating innocence
Frequently unnoticed, unknown the consequence

Labor it’s said, is the worst physical pain on earth
Fortunately, that subsides after the child birth

With each new child a new family is born
That is when the new life truly takes form

Each family as different as the members within
Philosophy, psychology and even emotions begin

Evolving and ever changing adapting as needed
Responding together to the way they are treated

Values and virtues learned were passed down
Communication and manners from those around

Reactions displayed dealing with joy and strife
All are absorbed in this, newly formed life

Interaction with others outside the home
Affects the family not one alone

Assumptions and accusations to be family based
Besmirch one and all will feel disgraced

As each family matures and expands
Occasionally a sudden change in plans

Perhaps another child to be born
Or from the family a member torn

Many times families are split apart
Divided in pieces severed at the heart

Then before that pain has run its course
As things settle, and over is the worse

Just as sudden as they split they can also merge
It is not uncommon for families to converge

Often creating pain, anguish and confusion
Seemingly surviving seems just an illusion

Family differences can clearly be seen
Change must be made, like you’re a machine

As sure as death in a family brings pain
Adding members can do the same

Forced to assimilate with someone new
Maybe required to share a dissimilar view

Finding it so difficult to make a change
Hurt and sad your feeling must rearrange

Adapting to create a new family bond
Can’t be done with the wave of a wand

Growing wild the roots of the family tree
Suddenly hundreds more related you see

Steps and halves, cousins’ uncles and aunts
And a whole other pair of grandparents

The family continues to expand and grow
Marriages and babies were expected you know

But with death, divorce, and merges in the branches
The family tree grows larger, and what of the chances

Someday all you will see, will be your FAMILY

Submitted: Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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