A broken family seems as abnormal as
a robin with no call.
It's a spicy jalapeño pepper
flavorless and dull.
A broken family is as undesired as
a newborn's heart suddenly stopping still.
Or like the sun never rising
over a Tennessee hill.
A broken family sounds as sad as
an owl in the moonlight
or the sharp winter snow in
the gutter, no longer blinding white.