Mary Nagy

Rookie (11-08-1970)

A Family Divided - Poem by Mary Nagy

Once more we talk about it.
How sad it's all become.
No matter how we look at it
this family is not one.

They say it shouldn't matter.
Who needs them after all?
But, please explain the pain I feel
even though I've got it all.

I see my pain and emptiness
like a hollowed out old tree...
It may seem to be standing tall
but, it's empty just like me.

There's such a contradiction
to my entire life.
I'm happy and fulfilled
being a mother and a wife.

What about 'a sister'
and 'a daughter'...how about that?
These are roles I was born to play.
Why can't I? Tell me that.

A family divided
that's what we've grown to be.
I've got mine and you've got yours
but we have no family tree.


Comments about A Family Divided by Mary Nagy

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (3/30/2016 5:06:00 AM)

    Division of families is inevitable when siblings don't get along; certain things can't be helped, really. It's just a matter of things taking their own natural course, like so many other things... (Report)Reply

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  • (10/7/2009 9:09:00 PM)

    Mary, I have been away for about three years with some health issues and family matters. Before I left, you had written several comments on my poems, but I had not the time or inclination to corespond with you then. Now I find you are out of touch.
    I like your poem, A Family Divided, very much. You tell a good story, with valid feelings and a worthy mressage. Your rythmic meter, style, and rhyming patterns are akin to what I use. I so looked forward to communicating with you on return to these boards. But now you're gone. But I'll keep looking for you. Meanwhile, I'll take the time to read your wonderfu porms that I overlooked before, all two hundred and some.

    Frank Gardner
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  • (5/28/2008 8:13:00 PM)

    Mary, this is a wonderful poem. You state your feelings so well. I hpe those for who it was intended appreciate as I do. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/16/2007 7:34:00 AM)

    Dear Mary, the first poem of yours I have read, and it is a stunner. Great write

    Love from David
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  • Brian Dorn (10/11/2006 9:46:00 AM)

    Wow, Mary... this is a great poem. The ending exclamated the point brilliantly.
    Brian
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  • Lizzy Tomlinson (3/26/2006 7:33:00 AM)

    I know where you're coming from. My family was the same. It's too late for me to do anything about it now. Lizzy. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/26/2006 4:11:00 AM)

    This is a brilliant poem with Insight. I love the tree-image. Susie. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/5/2006 10:23:00 AM)

    Dear Mary, verse three is my favourite, really heartfelt and very clever work.love Duncan (Report)Reply

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  • (1/17/2006 12:51:00 PM)

    What do we have if not each other
    A family is so wonderful because you are loved there no matter what
    No matter what
    By the way i liked this poem

    Dicky Cantrell
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  • (12/25/2005 1:05:00 AM)

    The family division is a natural phenomina. And it must occur to balence the things.
    Mary Nagy has exposed the realities that should be accepted. The poem is good and easy to understand. Thanks Mary Nagy for sharing your poetry.
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  • (11/18/2005 7:25:00 PM)

    Wow..I really liked this one. I know how families being divided can feel like. I thought this was a touching poem. I really loved it
    Crystal
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  • (11/2/2005 12:45:00 PM)

    awesome pwerful analagies, great voice, I particularly like how you slowly brought about the subject rather than directly stating yet still made a very clear picture. neat. Jon (Report)Reply

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  • (9/24/2005 8:40:00 AM)

    How very sad but something I can certainly identify with...this poem is great due to many things including its honesty, fine flow and sheer emotional impact. Wonderful job, Mary! (Report)Reply

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  • (9/3/2005 10:12:00 AM)

    Mary
    reminds me of my own 'family' that has been divided since my Mother died about 15 years ago - well done it says plenty - regards Don S
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  • (8/21/2005 8:02:00 PM)

    to your usually high standard, Mary. Excellent (Report)Reply

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  • (8/19/2005 1:40:00 AM)

    Mary you know how to touch hearts......
    This poem is very touching.
    Excellent
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  • (6/23/2005 2:56:00 PM)

    mary, like your poem, it hits and makes a great point.. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/27/2005 10:23:00 PM)

    Very nice poem Mary, it attracts readers due to its sincerety and profoundness. Well crafted, down to earth. H (Report)Reply

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  • (5/16/2005 4:14:00 PM)

    I liked this a lot...I'm not a big fan of rhyming but I think you did this very well... :) (Report)Reply

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  • (5/3/2005 10:10:00 AM)

    This is marvelous Mary...an oasis in a desert of deceit. Keep up the good work.

    kenneth
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 13, 2006


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