Broken People

we are
broken
each one
of us
from the
inside
(no matter
how beautiful,
or talented,
or together
we pretend
to be)
there are
cracks,
porcelain
fine,

criss-
crossed
etchings
across our
souls.

 

Kintsukuroi, the art of repairing broken pottery by pouring molten gold or silver into the cracks.
 

we are
whole
each one
of us
on the
inside
(no matter
how battered,
or discouraged,
or frightened
life has
made us)
there are
gold shot
veins of
strength,
defying
all odds
celebrating
our souls’
survival.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

18 thoughts on “Broken People”

    1. Thank you! Oddly enough, I wrote the first part of this poem and thought I was finished. Then I went searching for a picture to add. When I saw this one I knew I needed another verse.

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  1. I love the poem. I may be broken on the inside (which would certainly explain the rattling when I walk) , but little by little I notice I’m developing cracks on the outside too, especially around the eyes and the corner of my mouth.

    I agree with Sharkseek, by the way. Using gold to repair crockery is a great idea. Just as soon as I finish this comment, I’m off to the kitchen to shatter some plates.

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    1. I remember when I noticed the first fine lines under my eyes. I was maybe 30. I did a double take. Still there. Triple take. Damnit! At 59 I know there are many, many more, but I’ve found the secret of eternal youth: avoid mirrors at all cost.

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      1. Well, I’m a little shy of 50 myself, and I’ve gradually been building up my collection of lines. I did manage to lose the crow’s feet at the corner of my eyes, though. They were replaced by ostrich ones.

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