A Family Divided

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.

by Mary Nagy

Comments (3)

cameron- i thought you had a good comment on this one. i thought the same thing on it. i thought whitman was trying to explain how there is a lot of cultures around the world. he said taht there were some that people knoew about and some that we didnt. he compared the people to germs because germs come in all shapes and sizes like people do.
I think that in Germs by walt whitman is about all the different races and beliefs and different types of people. I think its ironic that he's referring to them as germs. Because of discrimination that how some peers would call him as germs yet i don't think he feels this way because he's the one pointing out the different qualities and accepting them in wonderful views of life.
In this poem Whitman is talking about different countries and how they differ from ours. They all have different 'qualities, lives, humanity, languages, thoughts, ' then we do. He is calling them germs because there are many germs in the world. There are 'many known, and unknown, ' and ther are 'different shapes and forms' just like there are in the different cultures around the world.