they all begin the same

all bright and eager

Hero here:

let’s build a Family!

(you are a project now.)

they try–I will give them that.

full of good intentions

this mission is a diversion

solving temporarily 

the feeling of futility 


families are not made of fun

not Lego pieces

these fractured, odd shapes don’t snap into place

together is never 

so easy or seamless

there are no booklets with step by step instructions

no map through this strange kingdom

trophy families gather tarnish

we are not a balm

we cannot heal 

what your father broke in you

we are only children.

stepdads get tired

stepdads are sorry

and defeated

they say goodbye

they never look back.


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