Summer Family Reunion

Summer Family Reunion

A Poem by Marie Harrison

A family gathering


Summer Family Reunion

I’m Overwhelmed


By all of you

It’s just too much!


You’re laughing






There’s no room for me

Where do I fit in?

The intensity of emotions

Is too high


People aging

People dying

Babies cooing

Chicken frying


I don’t have the right job

Where are my children?

My husband never attends


I love you so much

It’s too hard to say goodbye

Seeing you makes me cry

Why do we all have to die?

Let’s all live forever


I have no control,

Losing myself

Each time one

Of you die,

Oh, how much

I secretly cry


Tables filled with

Fresh vegetables from the garden

Grilled meats and

And tasty fruit pies


Softball games in the sunny fields

Hours of swimming and playing in

The lake or hotel pool

Dancing all night at the disco

Late night pizza runs

Watermelon fighting

Fun with the seeds


The tears

The jokes

The memories

The card games

The long walks on the

Windy dirt roads

With cousins


Oh how I look forward

To these precious moments

With my family each year


Oh how I cherish

These days

We share together

As a family


© 2011 Marie Harrison

Author's Note

Marie Harrison
We still meet every year.
I look forward to every one.

My Review

Would you like to review this Poem?
Login | Register



Posted 12 Years Ago

I loved the family reunion I had as a kid. All would go to Grandparent house and eat/talk. They were the good days. Today we are all too busy and see each other at funerals. Which is a sad thing. I like your story in this poem. Took me to a good place in my life. Thank you for the excellent poem.

Posted 12 Years Ago

to me this sounds like an anxiety attack that is overwhelming your senses. You are on sensory overload and it is causing you distress. We sometimes feel like we won't measure up to the others in our families but you know what if people can't love you for who you are and accept you then it is time to put distance there. This is a great detailed piece that shows how chaotic the mind can be at large events like this.

Posted 12 Years Ago

[send message][befriend] Subscribe
this is manic..! But i guess that family gatherings are very much like this!

Posted 12 Years Ago

I love it...

Posted 12 Years Ago

Great poem! A memory made each year to cherish!

Posted 12 Years Ago

farting? hahahah ohh...very nice

Posted 12 Years Ago

What fun, and what wonderful memories you must have!

Posted 12 Years Ago

I get a sense of nostalgia, sorrow, happiness, bitterness, just a slew of emotions throughout this... Which is something that tends to happen when you're with family.

Posted 12 Years Ago


Posted 12 Years Ago

First Page first
Previous Page prev
Share This
Request Read Request
Add to Library My Library
Subscribe Subscribe


28 Reviews
Added on August 14, 2011
Last Updated on August 14, 2011


Marie Harrison
Marie Harrison

Atlanta, GA

Momma told me to get out and enjoy life, so now I'm going to dance. more..


Related Writing

People who liked this story also liked..