The Addie Family

I live with the Addie family now

breakfast being the most important meal of the day

and after the dishes are all put away

tables wiped, floors swept, teeth brushed

school begins with a focused start

each of us, lined up, one-by-one, at the counter

our smiles don’t waver, eyes don’t wander

and if our heads feel light

it’s because our minds have been rearranged,

thoughts traveling smoothly on industrial trains

instead of floating, drifting across open plains

.

welcome to the Addie family

where each morning follows routine

glasses of water for all of you

now find your name printed on the label

and don’t mix up the orange bottles

swallow, swallow, swallow

.

welcome to the Addie family

where each afternoon brings out the best in you

sit still, look, listen

our strings of thoughts now pulled taut, organized

and we’re not quite hungry anymore

but at least we’re a week ahead on schoolwork

learning at home while the classrooms are closed

.

welcome to the Addie family

where each evening we come back to ourselves

brother rams his head into things for a good laugh

sister cries in the bathroom, overwhelmed by it all

brother click click clicks to get his dopamine fix

sister bounces, springs, cartwheels past the windows

and the one in the corner there, 

she keeps getting distracted by the pet fish

.

I’m with the Addie family now

enveloped, we are, in the order & chaos of our DNA

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