Sometimes even blood ties do

Not a difference make.

The closest drift away

To a distance measureless.

The innocence and the unconcern

Turn to ingenuity and needless

Involvement and snide remarks.

One hardly realizes just how far

The effect goes, the pain it brings.

So the breach widens, the chasm

Ever so gaping, the dear drift away.

Patience and tolerance the virtues

Of yore dawn only later, much later.

A poem by Jaya Lakshmi Rao V.