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Stilted conversations 
over many years 
have left me 
bewildered, angry, 
even ashamed of who I am. 

Superficial intercourse 
always open for discussion 
as wry smiles and 
awkward silences 
fill the artificial existence 
we all pretend to enjoy. 

We gather round, 
an afternoon soiree, 
as families do of course... 

But our eyes never meet 
as those who love 
each other should, 
all blind to each 
other’s emotional needs. 

Dysfunctional neurosis, 
the glue 
that has kept us together. 
Ironically, reticence, 
the glue 
which continues 
to pull us apart. 

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  1. Date: 3/9/2011 11:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one of PoetrySoup's contest Peter. The best to you in the finals. Love Carol

  1. Date: 12/14/2010 4:29:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week on PoetrySoup Peter. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 5:25:00 PM
    Wow, this is great..glad it was featured. BG

  1. Date: 11/18/2010 4:16:00 AM
    Sad that this happens in families..They get together because parents or grandparents want this to happen but there is no love...I am glad that I chose this one to read this morn..Sara

  1. Date: 10/15/2010 12:40:00 PM
    Brilliant Peter. Welcome to the Soup."Superficial intercourse always open for discussion as wry smiles and awkward silences fill the artificial existence we all pretend to enjoy" I just love the way you penned this

  1. Date: 10/15/2010 6:01:00 AM
    Welcome to poetry soup, that is a very interesting perspective of a dysfunctional family, now we need another poem to show us all how to fix it :) - Nicely written

  1. Date: 10/14/2010 6:39:00 AM
    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup Peter. Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors. You can look to the left side of the main page and find lots of information on PoetrySoup including contests by members of PoetrySoup and contests by the PoetrySoup site also which you may enter.If you have questions please feel free to ask anyone here. We are all willing to help and if we don't know the answer we will find someone who does. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/13/2010 8:20:00 PM
    Welcome to Poetry Soup.. enjoyed your creative poetry tonight.. family is most important in life... hope u will check out the contest page offered to new members ...good luck with luv...

  1. Date: 10/13/2010 3:20:00 PM
    Thank you your thoughts are most welcome peter

  1. Date: 10/13/2010 12:50:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your excellent poetry this beautiful afternoon Peter. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. May your day be full of inspiration. Love, Carol