I will never fully be family—
he and his children by another woman
draw lines in the sand,
and while I might toe the grains
give salt to salt,
they are not mine and
I am not theirs.
I see him in them--
50% of all marriages end in divorce—
100% of all lives end in death.
And so, I bear such little tragedies
nestle them with a light-hearted
in a much larger