Picture Perfect Family

Yelling and screaming is all I hear
as I sit
here
wiping away all of my tears.

I hate seeing you two behave like this
You're like beasts fighting over territory.

We just added a new family member
but now I realize she will never remember
all of the problems a family's love can solve.

You ruined all that made me happy.
You ruined this picture perfect family.

Now I'm sitting on the stairs
watching you throw insults like daggers at each others throats.

Why? I ask
Why don't you love each other like you did
yesterday?

It's years later and I can still see
the look on Mom's face as she handed me the baby,
said goodbye,
and left.

Yelling and Screaming is all I hear
but now I won't shed a single tear.

by Hannah Kimball

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