Blood Runs Thicker Than Water

I had a prompt to write a poem starting with the phrase “Blood runs thicker than water” and I happen to have been having a few family problems (as we all do), so that tinged the tone of the poem.


Blood runs thicker than water

And has its own currency

But water runs quicker than blood

And comes free from the sky


Yes blood runs thicker than water

But blood makes you sick

Blood stains, water cleans

Water is purer than blood’ll ever be


Ok blood runs thicker than water

But you cannot choose blood

Only live with it.


Hope you enjoy, please feel free to comment.

The Lonely Recluse.


~ by The Lonely Recluse on September 1, 2012.

2 Responses to “Blood Runs Thicker Than Water”

  1. I like the last stanza. It has a tone of acceptance or maybe I sense resignation? I have a feel for the second stanza – was thinking though blood is thicker than water(which is supposed to be good) but somehow maybe the stickiness just gets on one’s nerves at times? 😉

    • It’s a nod to the old saying You can’t choose family. So a mixture of acceptance and resignation definitely. I’ve always thought it a funny comment, blood is thicker than water, because water has more uses than blood, admittedly blood keeps you alive, but the only place you really want it is in you, anywhere else it’s not so good. Water is useful for so many other things. Basically I wasn’t too happy with my family at the time of writing.
      The Lonely Recluse.

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