Family Feuds

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 13th, 2022, is “protocol.” Use the word “protocol” any way you’d like. Enjoy!


Bound by the rules
No room for manoeuvre
What is expected
What is demanded
What you should do
The protocol for family
Insisted to be perfect
To meet standards
To not offend
But when they are not
Beware the repercussions
Forgiveness is often rare
Between shared DNA
Grudges are held
And relationships fade
Because speech goes silent
Pain clutched like a life preserver
To justify the break
A sad state of affairs
For those who
Should have each other’s backs

Debbie Gravett © 2022.01.13

JusJoJan: Protocol
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