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  The Tribe Arrived
by Charles B. Neff
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Generations grow and famililies change, evolving into different forms. My first, unsettled reaction to change settled into this poem.


 

           The Tribe Arrived
 
 
On some anonymous day
Our family became a clan,
An alliance of tribes.
One hurricane tribe just blew in, and
The air crackled with charged ions,
Energy pent and released.
Our tidy pantry resembled a mine
At the end of the gold rush.
Activities simply happened,
The product of a collective brain,
With a mind very much of its own.
This time, with the grandkids older,
The onslaught had unexpected heft,
At first leaving me displaced,
Not quite feeling irrelevant, but almost.
I could no longer match the pace.
Then, just as family becomes clan,
A new awareness replaced an old one.
Planning, my planning at least,
Was happily superfluous.
The insistent chaos around me
Was my life expanding.
Surprising me in new forms,
Abundant in reach and richness.
 
Charles Neff
7/31/2010

 

 


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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/31/2010
enjoyed the read
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