What Holds Us Together?

There is a glue, a binding agent between us.

It must be there for we have yet to fall apart.

We’ve yet to separate, to go our different ways.

Is it defined as familial attachment?

Is it emotion that’s most misunderstood – love?

Is it a burden of responsibility?

It is there and must have been for generations.

It has held us firmly together through it all.

In its grip we stand solidly – a family.




About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on February 3, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. There is some force that I think would register on some sensor if we knew how to make such a thing. Its not just emotion or obligation. Even when the emotion is gone and what one ought to do looses its grip there is still something else there.

    • I agree. Families are complicated and while blood may be thicker than water it still begs the question how are we held together as a group during times when we may not even like each other very much. It’s something that’s always baffled me. It could be a sense of responsibility to one another or obligation. Whatever it is, it’s definitely there and to be able to measure or register this would be a fascinating thing.

      • We had good and bad times. Weve even been seperated all the while intending to end the thing but some how never got around to it. But the legal status had little impact one way or another on a profound reality, energy, that may exist in whatever eternity may be. I enjoy your words.

  2. family love is a different kind of love. A non romantic kind of bonding. I think of some of my friends the same way I do family members.

  3. I love the line, ” it must be there for we have yet to fall apart. ” It resonates the faith we have in things we can’t see like love.

  4. Great work,John,couldn’t agree more and also agree that it needs to reach even further

  5. Got some family emergencies going on and yet again your writings relate so specifically to me. Keep it going;)

    • Thank you! Coincidence is a strange thing but considering your circumstances I’m glad my timing helped. When we read from others things we are feeling or experiencing it can help us to know we’re not alone and that there are others out there who can relate to us. I hope your emergencies turn out for the best and that all is well with you and your family.

  6. beautifully done! a family certainly is a miraculously definite bond. An unbreakable bond that has the capability to keep one’s chin up and aims high!

  7. It can go all wrong but when things fall apart we come back together like pieces of puzzle πŸ™‚

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