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Home Visit

What to do when then the brother you never knew
Acts as though your husband isnít worth a sou
What to do when your sweet mother spends most of her days
Alone in her bedroom with a Bible and a list of people for whom she prays

What to do when all efforts to help are treated as not the Way
And yet your dear mother hears complaints from her HOA
What to do when a sense of powerlessness pervades all air space
When any intention to move away from the inertia is met with disgrace

What to do when your patience is worn thin as a thread
Because the real dialogue in your family is left unsaid
What to do when your sense of duty propels you to your repeat your ingress
When to go across the country seems fruitless, baseless and to increase distress

What to do when visiting would please my own mum greatly
But to be absent in future would please my brother innately
What to do when to travel alone into the insulated world of this pair
Pleases my brother due to my absent husband but increases my despair

What to do when fighting was never an option
And flight is so tempting as to be a compulsion
What to do when the game is lose-lose with every hand
When the ritual of playing resembles building a house on sand

------
Stephanie Millican


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The following comments are for "Home Visit"
by EchoMarm

@Echo
Dear Echo: I felt this was a very good poem as it really expressed so much of the emotional pain I feel many have experienced in going home not only to disfunction but feeling trapped and without choice to do any thing else. The way you endlessly question what to do emphasizes the sense of being powerless and feeling limited. The poem also exposes the sense of being a victim on different levels due to the expectations of others rather than the individual feeling they have alternatives that could be positive. Well done, Gale.

( Posted by: Gale [Member] On: April 27, 2009 )





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