Mosaic (a poem by Chris Kirkpatrick)

1

Some things seem
So inherently

Fragile
They must have been

Created
With the sole intent

To be broken.

2

After the accident…

3

It’s the words
Unsaid

That hurt the most:
The subtle knife

Cuts clear
To the bone.

4

There was little left but pieces…

5

There was the re-breaking
I remember vividly:

“This will make you stronger—“
Oh, promises promises.

I’ve heard it all before.

6

Take what I have…

7

I’m speechless.
My tongue will not
Betray me.

Read my lips:
Sometimes silence
Is safety.

8

These bits of me.

9

I want to be positively
Beautiful
When the light

Shines through
And the world
Sees me standing there

Smiling. Oh Lord,
That would be
The greatest miracle!


Chris Kirkpatrick is the author of two books of poetry, Learning to See from the Blind and Mixed Metaphors and is currently working on his third.

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