Challenge from Stacey Joy:  Write a family trait poem – – modeled after Sandra Cisneros’ “Hairs.”

Traits are randomly scattered through my family – – 
some are well-loved by everyone,
                soft grandma-hugs no one resists
others are avoided and even shunned
                barely tolerated, I’ll tell you
some stand at odd angles
                gaps of uncomfortable social distances
others stand stoically shoulder-to-shoulder
                in a steadfast show of solidarity and unity
some consider themselves high above others
                showcased with spine tattoos that proclaim things
others are falling apart at the seams
                held together by mere threads
some stick to their own homes
                rarely a rendezvous, while
others venture out
                wandering and visiting like dementia ward escapees,
                until they are found and returned home where they belong
some have unsung talents
                those obscure, never-made-popular voices that rival the famous
others drone on and on and on and on
                incessantly chattering about what isn’t mattering to anyone
some speak in ambiguous code
others tell it flat like it is – like it or not
some spill all the family secrets 
others disguise their own truths
              “asking-for-a-friend” style, never admitting anything
some are painfully shy and soft-spoken
others lead the charge and WILL NOT! be silenced
some are well-traveled
               have wined and dined and slept around with too many to count
others are pristine virgins
               untouched, undesirable as yet
all have a place in the concerted chorus –
some blending,
others transcending
                doing their best to cover those a bit off-key
unkempt books that fill my family shelves
some awake, vertical
others lazily dozing, horizontal
all waiting to be read and loved and accepted for who they are

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