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Dysfunctional- By: Saloni Sethi

A careless affair,

Neither party cared.

Her spitefulness,

His ambivalence.

They refuse therapy,

And so they just go back

Like they always do, wearily.

I pity the child that remains

Only child, only hope,

No one asks about his pain.


Please give a detailed explanation about the meaning and main idea of this poem.:


This poem is about a dysfunctional family and how the stigma of divorce can often end up hurting the family even more.


Please explain your writing and thought process regarding this poem.:


I focused on writing concise statements because I normally write stories as opposed to shorter poems, so I really tried to make each sentence as impactful as possible.


Why did you choose to write this poem?:


I was inspired to write this poem after travelling across the country this summer. Instead of writing about that particular experience, I wanted to write about something universal that I observed during my trip.

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