The Family Tree

They coined the term family-tree
Where happiness flowed for decades in spree
He said this, and she heard that
When did sacrifices transform to tit for tat?

The ancient home saw all of it
Blood relatives turning to whatever they see fit
The moisture seeps through the walls too old
The sight probably made the tears difficult to hold

Selfless deeds going unnoticed
Seeing money matters, hearts exploded
Anger and remorse fill some hearts
Others’ wicked smiles pierce it like darts

Indifference of those, for whom
Lives were lived, to see it bloom
The proud smiles over lips which say
You won’t be acknowledged, come what may.

27 thoughts on “The Family Tree

  1. AdiC May 15, 2015 / 2:22 am

    It sucks when the family reality hits you. And it hits all of us someday or the other. Sooner or later.

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      • AdiC May 16, 2015 / 10:26 am

        And this positive attitude is the exact thing which will get you through this whole bitterness! πŸ™‚

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  2. shambhavi31 May 15, 2015 / 2:54 am

    We may have a beautiful family tree,
    but look at the irony,
    only few relation to treasure,
    rest assures that they don’t deserve.
    It’s a plight to see this happening in our very own family.
    We all get churned and end up getting our fingers burnt.
    It’s of no use, telling the tale of richness,
    of family once know for it’s wellness.
    It’s all lies and prejudice,
    welcome not warm,only ice.
    I get you my friend, I get you right I hope 😦

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    • Prateek Kohli May 16, 2015 / 9:56 am

      So true ! I couldn’t have wished for a better response to this post. You got me completely and each word written here resonates with my thoughts. Life might not go the way we want it, but that makes it the interesting journey it is πŸ™‚
      I sincerely thank you for these lovely words. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

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      • shambhavi31 May 16, 2015 / 3:05 pm

        Hey! That’s great. πŸ™‚ I am happy you liked it. It’s sad to see that things have evolved this way. 😦
        One person’s thinking can’t change others, cumulative effort is needed. And you’re right, life is definitely an interesting journey, and I am glad to have met you here!
        You too have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

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      • Prateek Kohli May 17, 2015 / 8:49 pm

        The cumulative effort is something that could have solved most of the problems that the world faces today. But it has gone missing like the germs go after meeting a sanitizer πŸ˜‰ (Or, the negative thoughts on reading you) πŸ™‚
        And the happiness of meeting you is equally shared by me so please don’t take the credit πŸ˜›

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      • shambhavi31 May 25, 2015 / 4:59 am

        Seriously, are you comparing sanitizer effect to the missing mutual effort!?! :O *Shocked* but *smirks* Lol πŸ˜€ I do like the words in the bracket πŸ˜›

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      • shambhavi31 June 17, 2015 / 8:53 pm

        Haha πŸ˜€ You never cease to compliment me! πŸ˜› I am liking it though πŸ˜› Thank you!


  3. Sudakshi De Zoysa May 15, 2015 / 3:02 am

    True that. The thing is only now I am old enough to see who is really genuine, and I’ve come to realize that there are only a few relatives (apart from my own family) that I could rest my heart upon without fearing any pessimistic outcome. And that’s enough for me, really πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli May 16, 2015 / 10:02 am

      I completely agree with you, Sudakshi πŸ™‚ The quality, and not the quantity of people around us is important πŸ™‚
      But still it is sometimes hard to accept the changes life has in store for us πŸ™‚

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  4. izza ifzaal May 15, 2015 / 7:28 am

    I surely can feel it! :/

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      • izza ifzaal May 15, 2015 / 7:36 am

        And make them ungrateful but whatsoever it was or still happening with us is a “reality check” pleading us to give up the insanity of relying -_-

        p.s : you wrote it so well, a perfect blend of brilliance and anguish!!

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      • Prateek Kohli May 15, 2015 / 7:53 am

        Well said. Somewhere it has to stop πŸ™‚
        And thank you Izza, I wrote this at 4am, wasn’t sure how it would look like in the morning to minds that are not yet tired πŸ˜€

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  5. payalgajbhiye May 15, 2015 / 7:45 am

    Sad but true…the thankless attitude and being taken for granted 😦 , I guess all of us receive such treatment at some point of time.

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  6. Kritika Vashist May 15, 2015 / 11:35 am

    This poem touched me. I have been hearing something similar, so it kind of relatable. You have worded the emotions really well.
    There will always be some who won’t acknowledge, I have had my share of that experience not in family, though πŸ™‚
    Hope you are doing fine.

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    • Prateek Kohli May 17, 2015 / 1:19 pm

      The maturity of your words always make me smile, Kritika πŸ™‚ Thank you for understanding πŸ™‚ With people like you around, I’ll always be fine πŸ˜‰

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  7. maryam191 May 15, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    That’s a mirror of the society we reside in. Look at the irony, we call this a family tree and it’s members eyeing to cut it’s own trunk. All for their selfish sights.

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    • Prateek Kohli May 17, 2015 / 1:55 pm

      Ah! I feel so delighted to see you understanding my thoughts and resonating them in your words so well. Thank you so much, Maryam. πŸ™‚


  8. petite poetries and more May 16, 2015 / 11:16 am

    This is true and a heart wrenching story of almost every family these days, very few of them are left with strong bonding and relations and like always you’ve put this point too amazingly well.!

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  9. Shreya Khandelwal May 31, 2015 / 7:00 am

    Ahh, the sad truth of family these days. Reminds me of “No good deed goes unpunished”.
    Very well written, Prateek!

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