Family

By LM

Never take them for granted
They can be here today and gone tomorrow
It may be too late for the “I wish I would have” moments
Cherish them while you can
There will always be a constant lack of communication
But you’ll always be family

Every family has their share of ups and downs
But that brings the family closer together
Family is there when you need them
Sometimes missing in action
But there when you need them
Family is all we have
And sometimes we lose sight of that
But nevertheless
We’re reminded when we need them

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64 Comments

  1. Joyce on February 8, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Dear LM,

    This is a lovely poem and important reminder to value our families. I’m sure this is relatable for many of us, across cultures, races, socioeconomic status, and more. Loving our families is such a universal message. It’s natural to have conflicts with our families sometimes, but at the end of the day, for most people, their family loves them and will be there for them. I really like the contrasts in this poem between the ups and downs we might experience with our families and your reminders to cherish them.

    Sincerely,
    Joyce

  2. Bria on February 10, 2021 at 11:10 AM

    This poem really hits home for me because sometimes I have to remind myself that no matter how much my family and I may disagree, we are really all that we have and we are stronger when we stick together rather than trying to do everything on our own. You only get one family and it is important to cherish and appreciate them while they are here. There will be many times that you may feel unappreciated or feel like you should be treated better by your family but it is important to remember that everyone makes mistakes and, for the most part, your family would never do anything to purposefully hurt or harm you so communicating with one another is a very important step in starting to understand each other and the reasons behind our actions.

  3. Gisela on February 14, 2021 at 9:37 PM

    Hi LM,
    You are right, we should never take the ones that love us for granted. Family will be around us when we are born and hopefully when we die. We should never think that we cannot repair broken bonds with our family. They will be there for us if we ask for help. Thank you for reminding me that I should cherish my family every day and if one of them come to me for help, I should make him or her my priority. That’s how it should be. Cheers, Gisela

  4. Cameron on February 15, 2021 at 12:59 PM

    LM,

    I love how you remind your readers about the importance of family. As someone who recently moved out of my family’s house, I’m starting to realize how much I took for granted being with them all the time. I think you make a great point that regardless of the relationship and communication (or lack thereof), family should be there. It’s something that we definitely forget.

    -Cameron

  5. Derek on February 17, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Cherishing family is truly so important, and that message was delivered well by your poem. Sometimes in life its easy to pursue our individual paths and forget about those that helped us in the past, including our family. However, the greatest service we could ever do for ourselves and our families is to put in the effort to rekindle lost communication and relationships! thank you for sharing, It truly made me reflect!

  6. Bhavin C Narotam on February 22, 2021 at 7:48 PM

    I feel this sends a powerful message and reminds us that family is important

  7. Courtney on February 23, 2021 at 12:10 AM

    Great piece LM! I have valued time with family a lot more especially in this year where I’ve gotten to spend more time with loved ones which I hadn’t done as much while I was away at college. A great reminder!

  8. Achal Shah on February 23, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    I really resonated with the fact that every family has ups and downs but eventually we all come together. During quarantine, I have been home with my family, and I think living with each other for so long has made us realize that we do disagree and fight a lot about many things, but at the end of it we all come together closer than ever

  9. Dennis Kang on February 24, 2021 at 1:58 AM

    I really love this poem because it help me remind that myself that I am never alone and I always have people behind my back. I like the writer because he tries to be supportive to his audience as much as possible. The writer emphasizes that family is very important because you spend with your family members throughout your life no matter what.

  10. David on February 24, 2021 at 10:12 AM

    I really thought this piece was impactful as I have lost a family member throughout this time of quarantine due to cancer. I really understood how deep the root of family goes and how we should always hold the ones we love dearly and appreciate their presence everyday. I like how you acknowledge that we take them for granted at times but then snap back into the fact that we have to love. I think the only piece of advice would be to somehow replace one of the ‘need them’ with something a bit more detailed. Overall though, this poem really struck the heart and reminded me to treasure the family around me.

  11. shai on February 24, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    LM, lovely poem! It touches on a really important topic, and really shows how much you realize you cherish family 🙂

  12. Emily Bickel on February 24, 2021 at 5:04 PM

    I love this poem! Family is so important, and we always love them even when we may not like them. The only critique i have is that perhaps you could introduce a rhyme scheme!

  13. Dhara Patel on February 24, 2021 at 6:15 PM

    Love the meaning of this poem! I truly agree on the aspect of how family should always be loved because they are the ones who are always going to be there for you no matter what. I also like how the second stanza goes back and forth stating “Family is…”. Good use of a pattern there.

  14. AK on February 24, 2021 at 10:51 PM

    Hi LM! This was a great piece, thank you for sharing! Your writing on why family is important and to cherish the moments rather than dwell on what could have been was very powerful! I liked how you discussed the pain with the past and future especially the “But nevertheless, we’re reminded when we need them”. My only question, is how would you change this piece if you wrote it for another time period? When you mention communication it silo’s it into today and communication but how would your theme extend to others? Thank you!

  15. Fabiola Vega Albino on February 24, 2021 at 11:13 PM

    such a great poem. It made me reflect about my love ones and how i spent my time and energy. Great poem!

  16. Kirtana on February 25, 2021 at 12:07 AM

    This poem was so amazing! It really made me take a step back and really appreciate everything and everyone that I take for granted on a day to day basis. I loved the line that included “I wish I would have.” Unfortunately, many times we don’t realize the value of people until they are no longer with us. Thank you so much for sharing such an important message, can’t wait to read more!

  17. Serena on February 25, 2021 at 1:27 AM

    This poem is super meaningful and I love that you’ve varied the length of each line from short to long

  18. Charese on February 25, 2021 at 1:56 AM

    You really have a way with words that bring it to life. I think there is a lot of raw emotion going on here that is prominent, and the meaning of your poem is very strong and moving. Family is forever, and I think your words beautifully captured the essence of how important they are.

  19. James Artis on March 1, 2021 at 2:48 PM

    Really where would we be without family….the ones that I have seen us through the worse of times. Thank you for this inspirational piece. No matter how many times we have heard something we always need that reminder. Family…thank you for this…..

  20. Kiana Loo on March 1, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    LM,

    Thank you so much for sharing this poem. Reading this poem made me miss my family so much. Like you said, it’s so easy to take them for granted especially because they are always there for you. The transition that you make from the first to the second stanza really conveys the importance of family. Please keep writing!

  21. ken on March 2, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    I really needed to read this today. It is just such a good reminder that we all need to have in the back of our heads. This poem is very well written and it has such a good/deep meaning behind it. Keep up the good work!

  22. Samantha on March 5, 2021 at 5:10 PM

    LM,

    You captured the essence of family so, so well! I agree with you that family is so, so important, and so we must cherish them and make the most of our time with them. Thank you for capturing this so wonderfully in this poem.

    Best,

    Samantha

  23. M on March 8, 2021 at 1:39 AM

    Hello LM, I really like your poem because it resonated with me. The rhythm of your lines and the words are great, they make me feel like nostalgic, It got me thinking to good times I had with my family and How took them and the memories for ganted. Amazing work!

  24. Rachel on March 9, 2021 at 10:29 PM

    LM, this poem is completely true. Family can be so hard to navigate but we need them more than anything. Please continue writing!

  25. Brittani Forman on March 11, 2021 at 4:07 PM

    Dear LM, this is a good account of appreciation for family. Family does need to appreciated. They are the only people you can not choose to be connected to.

  26. May Lin on March 15, 2021 at 2:43 PM

    Hi LM,

    It is very true that sometimes when you’re in the thick of it, you forget how important family is. I have definitely experience that myself. I think a great addition to the poem would be if you could touch on the idea of “chosen family” and how that connects with your blood family. I really enjoyed this poem and I encourage you to keep writing! Thank you for your message.

  27. Veda on March 15, 2021 at 3:19 PM

    As someone who just recently lost a family member, thank you for this. Thank you for this reminder. I think after death and through grief that we sometimes forget that there are people who are still here. Here to help, here to care, here to just be there. I loved the line “Family is all we have” because it is such a grounding moment in the poem. It expressed humility, love, kindness all in five words. The last sentence of the first stanza is so powerful because it shows that no matter what, you are never alone–and I think that that is a beautiful message. Thank you so much for sharing this, for your reminder.

  28. jessica on March 20, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    LM,
    Thank you for sharing your poem! It’s truly very insightful, calling attention to the common issue that we often do overlook our family and take them for granted. I think the way you ended the poem too, by writing that “We’re reminded when we need them” is incredibly powerful, as it connotes that we will always lean on them in times of need and that family is the first ones that we will go to.

  29. Aprile on March 20, 2021 at 12:20 PM

    This is such an excellent poem! This hits home for me, as my family is primarily responsible for forming who I am today. Family is so important, and I love how you touched on what they mean to you and how much you truly need them.

  30. Melissa Norwick on March 23, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    LM,

    I️ loved this poem! For me personally, family has played a big part in my life and your poem just made me reflect on how much they truly mean to me. I️ know it is not like that for everyone so I️ consider myself blessed. Although, family does not just have to be through blood but of those friends who have stuck by you, supported you, and have always been there for you. Because of you, I️ now want to call and check in with my loved ones where as before that thought might not have crossed my mind today. Keep writing! I️ wish the best for you and your family. – MN

  31. Joe Fargo on March 25, 2021 at 10:39 PM

    Dear LM,

    Thank you for sharing this poem. Your message about cherishing family strikes a very vulnerable chord in my, as I lost my grandfather earlier this month. I empathize with your pain, and I hope you can heal and find the support you need. Please continue writing and doing well.

    – Joe

  32. Grace on March 27, 2021 at 12:04 PM

    Hi! I felt drawn to your poem as family is so important to me. I think we can all use a reminder not to take any time with our family for-granted. It is so important that we cherish the big and little moments with our families. I loved your sweet poem and think it is a great reminder for everyone of the importance of family in our lives.

  33. Natalie Cairo on March 27, 2021 at 3:05 PM

    This poem was written beautifully. I agree that some people can overlook the importance of family. The saying blood is thicker than water seems to ring true throughout this poem. I sometimes think that we can choose our family. The idea of the found family trope I guess. I know that if I’m in trouble or have my doubts, I can always count on my family to have my back. I live about 14 hours away from my family right now. It is really tough. Obviously it isn’t as tough as what you are going through right now. I used to be homesick all the time. Every little thing reminded me of my family and the life I used to know. Change is really scary and I always wished my family could be with me through it all. But sometimes, we have to remember that this is our life. Not theirs. We must walk down some paths alone in order to truly know who we are. Awesome poem. I hope you are staying safe and I hope you know that your family loves you very much.

  34. Catherine Jennifer Cole on March 29, 2021 at 12:22 PM

    LM,
    This really touched my heart, because it does a great job of speaking to the passage of time and the endurance of family. I love the first line, “Never take them for granted,” because I often do. It’s a great reminder! Thank you for sharing this.
    Best,
    Catherine

  35. Zach Phelps on March 30, 2021 at 12:59 PM

    Family is something that is very important to me, so I connected a lot with this poem. My favorite line was the third line, “ It may be too late for the ‘I wish I would have’ moments. I think that line is really strong and allows the reader to imagine a time where they may have experienced something similar making them think about how something could have happened or something they could I have done. Brilliant wording! I think this poem is really impactful and allows it’s readers to think about the value of family and how important it is. Thank you for writing this, I loved it!

  36. Ashlen on March 30, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    LM – I really enjoyed your poem! Family definitely has its ups and downs, but that doesn’t change that they are still family. Your poem is really expressive and heartfelt, and you capture how dynamic family can be. I can tell that you have a lot of love in your heart. Please keep writing and sharing that love!

  37. Maddie on March 31, 2021 at 1:23 PM

    LM, thank you for sharing such positive sentiments about family. I agree with your ideas about how important family can be and how easy it can be to take our families for granted. I hope your family knows how much they mean to you, and I hope that others who read your poem take time to reflect on what their family members mean to them, too.

  38. maggie on April 1, 2021 at 6:11 PM

    I think this poem is really important and love how it emphasizes the strength of family!

  39. Ashley Steele on April 2, 2021 at 6:28 PM

    This is such a lovely, heartfelt poem.

    I actually recently lost a grandfather which is what originally pulled me to this poem. The first couple of lines are really great: “Never take them for granted / They can be here today and gone tomorrow”

    I had no idea that my last time with my grandfather was going to be our last time. You really perfectly captured that in your poem here.

    I can feel the emotion and the passion behind every single line. I really like your repetition of the word “family” because you really emphasize what the message is here: family is forever, no matter the ups and downs. It’s so lovely to see you cherish your family and the memories you share with them.

    Thank you for sharing this piece with us – it’s something that I think everyone can relate to, whether it be in terms of their family, their chosen family, or their friends.

    Best,
    A

  40. Aprile on April 3, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    I really like the message behind your poem, though it seems so simple it is really important and something we always forget. I unfortunately lost my grandmother from covid and I wish that I had never taken her love and kindness for granted. I will always have my memories of her but just as you said family is truly all we have and we can never forget that.

  41. Rachel Smith on April 5, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    LM, this is such a beautiful poem and a great reminder to never take anything for granted. People often get swept up in their lives and forget to cherish the little things that mean the most to them like family. Thank you so much for this very important reminder and showing how beautiful families are! Keep writing!

  42. MM on April 6, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    LM,

    This is a very well-written poem. As someone who lives far away from several family members, this poem particularly stood out to me. Thank you for helping me see how important it is to never take family for granted and appreciate every second you spend with them!

  43. Sawyer Sotomayor on April 6, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    This is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing, and in the process reminding us of the love that’s so special to family bonds. This was a good reminder to hug my loved ones! Sending you and your loved ones my love and light 🙂

  44. Colleen Aylward on April 6, 2021 at 4:36 PM

    LM,
    I really loved your poem. It made me reflect on my family and how I had a lack of communication with them last year when I was 9 hours away for school. The line “Never take them for granted” is a strong opening because it allows the reader to sit back and think about their experiences with their family. It forces them to realize how they can grow closer to their relatives. Beautiful work!

  45. Lauren on April 6, 2021 at 10:31 PM

    I really enjoyed this poem. I tend to take family for granted sometimes and this is a great reminder. No matter what we go through, we are always family and that bond cannot be broken. I particularly like the last four lines where you describe how family is all we have. When everything else is gone, our families are the one constant.

  46. Olivia on April 7, 2021 at 10:24 PM

    LM, I love the message of your poem. My grandfather passed away a few years ago and I spend a lot of time wishing I hadn’t taken my time with him for granted, just like you said. I am so glad that you have family that supports you when you need them and I am glad that you know to cherish them while they are still here. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  47. Taylor T. on April 8, 2021 at 8:14 PM

    LM,
    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your poem. I could feel the emotion behind it, and it even brought me to tears thinking about my own family. I would not trade them for the world, and they have been my biggest supporters throughout my life. Thank you for sharing these amazing words with not only me but the entire world. Keep positive and keep writing. Best wishes.
    -T.T.

  48. Julia Rinaldi on April 8, 2021 at 8:50 PM

    LM,

    This was extremely touching, and made me quite emotional. You are so right, never take your family or loved ones for granted, I have done that before and it ached me so bad, I cannot even imagine being in your position. When you get a chance, I feel you should read this to a loved one of choice, this would mean the world to them, I can promise you. Your words spoke volumes, thank you so much for sharing.

    Julia

  49. Meg on April 8, 2021 at 9:43 PM

    Hello, I loved the theme about family and connecting with them before it is too late. I think often times we get upset and say or do something we don’t mean, but at the end of the they are our family. It is never too late to give or receive forgiveness when it comes to family. I hope that in your own way you are still connected with your family.

  50. Olivia on April 10, 2021 at 10:25 PM

    LM,
    I found your writing extremely powerful. I can feel the rhythm of the poem when I read it aloud, and it flows incredibly. Your insight and opinion on family is a wonderful reminder about how important familial relationships are to an individual. I couldn’t agree more with your topic, and I encourage you to keep writing. You truly have a gift for delivering beautiful work!

  51. Maria Griffin on April 12, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    LM,
    My name is Maria Griffin, and I am a second-year student at Wayne State University in Detroit. This semester, I am taking a class whose goal is to engage with the community, beyond the university and corporations.
    Your poem, Family, is one that hits close to home. Family is often taken for granted but can be taken in a second. Ups and downs bring us closer together. No matter how hard the downs are, they will always be your family. Your poem is a great representation of our built-in best friends we call mom, dad, sister, brother, etc. It also signifies loss and love, both opposite but immense feelings we feel when it comes to family. However, I think it is powerful to note: if it weren’t for the incredible and unconditional love a family has for each other, then the tragic feeling of loss would not be.
    I think your poem encompasses the idea that without love there is no loss, and family is family no matter what. Great job, LM! Your work is very powerful and descriptive! Keep up the good work!

  52. Elizabeth Carmenate on April 13, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Hello, I hope this review finds you well. I really appreciated reading your poem especially because it talks about a topic that is very important to me; family. I consider myself to be very family-oriented and this poem was easy for me to relate to. I think it is important for all of us to remind ourselves of the importance of family and the role they play in each of our lives.

  53. Alina and Leila on April 13, 2021 at 6:43 PM

    Dear LM,
    Thank you for sharing your poem with us. To feel comfortable speaking about your relationship with your family takes a lot of courage. Often, we struggle with connecting to our families and by writing about your own experience, it helps others to feel less alone. You are inspiring!

  54. E on April 14, 2021 at 11:54 PM

    First I would like to start off by saying, what a beautiful flow. Though the time you had spent away from your family, it is amazing to see that connection is still there. Your poem represents the way a family should always be, together and always there. We may have ups and downs but nothing is thicker than blood! It is also amazing to see the true emotions and feelings you hold towards them. Keep up the great work LM!

  55. Anna on April 16, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Hey LM, I absolutely love this poem. It really hits home for me because it is so true and I feel like I needed to be reminded of this. It is so easy to lose sight of this, and even easier to take things for granted. Family is so important, and they are the ones who will always be there for you. I hope everyone remembers that. Thank you for sharing this!

  56. Anna on April 16, 2021 at 1:55 PM

    LM,
    This poem is so true. Sometimes we forget that family will not always be around and that we need to cherish the time we have together. I find it very true when you wrote about how you may not always be in constant contact with your family but that they are always there when you need it. You are great at writing! Keep up the good work!

  57. Morgan on April 19, 2021 at 8:29 PM

    This is a great poem and reminder about the value of family. Your work is very powerful and your insight is awesome. Great work!

  58. Gillian on April 19, 2021 at 8:56 PM

    I appreciate daily reminders like this that bring me back to the realization of just how important the people in my life are. Too many of us take our relationships for granted and it’s so easy to forget to let someone know their worth to you when we live in such a chaotic, fast paced world.

  59. Rachel Salzstein on April 21, 2021 at 5:09 PM

    I really like this poem. It is a very accurate representation of families all over the globe. We will have some difficult times, but we always know we can count on our close loved ones. Really nice poem.

  60. Max on April 22, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Hello, this was a fantastic poem that encapsulates how life can be so harsh and cutthroat. The idea that the people we love will not be here one day is daunting to think. Developing the gratitude for life and family from an early age will keep you humbled to be alive.

  61. Nicole Burkoski on April 24, 2021 at 9:54 PM

    Family by LM
    I absolutely loved this poem, the intro completely grabbed my attention and I truly internalized the message. This poem exposed the rawness a family can have which includes the disappointing moments and I appreciated that. Although losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things in the world, it reminds you to be grateful for the ones still in your life. There was also a constant reminder of the most important thing and that is the people that come before anything. This was a beautiful reminder to cherish your loved ones and I believe we all forget that at times in our life, especially when times are hard.

  62. Sachi Amin on April 25, 2021 at 1:14 PM

    This poem about family is so lovely! I love the theme of valuing family and not taking them for granted because that is a strong value that I have! Even though I have had my fair share of ups and downs, I will never take then for granted!

  63. Julia Powell on April 26, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Incredible! You summed up the true meaning of family and the love that goes with that. Your work is beautiful. Please keep writing!

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