The Extended Family

We are all God’s children

And this is sibling rivalry.

These wars, free enterprise

all bids for attention.

“Look, Daddy, look” we shriek.

And then we try flattery.

“Daddy, I love you,” we whine.

We will do anything to be the chosen people.

And God basks in this battlefield

Looks down and over from one to the other

Patting heads and smiling.

“You’re all my children,” he teases. “I love you all.

“You’re all so beautiful. I love you all the same.”

About Marion Deutsche Cohen

Marion Deutsche Cohen is the author of 18 books, poetry and prose, including "Crossing the Equal Sign" (poetry about the experience of mathematics, Plain View Press, TX) and "Dirty Details: The Days and Nights of a Well Spouse" (Temple University Press). She teaches math at Arcadia University, in Glenside PA.

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