Family Gathering

I wish I could tell you
Iíve always been awkward

that itís not you,
itís me

that thatís why I study fiction;
Iíve always been better with stories
than peopleÖ

the grey spring sky glowers overhead
as cousins and nieces and pets I havenít seen
since dadís funeral crowd in

earlier you told me the news
that Nan was going into a home
because you couldnít care for her anymore
and I hugged you when you started to cry

Iíve grown less weird in that small way at least

raindrops feed your border plants
and we go in again to talk to your mother,
my grandmother, to let her ask
the same questions sometimes repeatedly

I snort and sniff and stare
at corners of the room,
a comedian dying on stage

but I wish I could say that someone else
would handle this more gracefully
and even so,
Iím better at this now than I ever was
Written by Casted_Runes (Mr Karswell)
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