I have no family.
That is what I have told people
all my life.
I have believed those words,
as true as the sky is blue
and the grass is green.
Aunts and uncles on both sides,
but relationships are strained,
or have been overtaken by distance and time.
Then a phone call changed all that.
I do have family,
and they do care.
So, now I must reconcile
a lifetime of
as a means of protection from people
who meant me no harm.
My experiences with family
that I couldn’t take the chance.
I intentionally cut them out,
missing out on memories;
losing years of connection;
never really knowing them;
With nothing but understanding
they have re-entered my life
and new connections will be made;
barriers will fall.
I will let them in,
I will let them love me,
and I will love them back.
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