family ties

some days
I lose my mind

and they lose theirs

but mostly –
we lose our hearts

willingly,
gladly,
to each other

this motley crew
brought together

held together

by love
beyond
reason.

hearts of gold

solid.
gold.

all of us have one.

sometimes hiding
behind and amidst
racing minds
filled with sadness
and dread
anger
and hurt

young hormones
and over-active synapses

old bones
frayed nerves and fatigue

All there.
All real.

But the gold.
the love.

is there as well

always.
all ways.

some days,
we just
need
to
look
more closely.

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