4.19.2017

Broken Things

The washing machine broke,
wet towels piled in garbage bags
to be taken to the laundromat.
The cat is suspicious of this pile

and the rest of us are weary
of the entire situation.
Broke my tooth this week, too
so it’s next in line to be fixed.

New washing machine coming Friday.
You can only fix a washing machine
so many times before it’s just junk,
or maybe we gave up on it too soon.
The dentist will crown my tooth
and it will be better than it ever was.
Remember when our girl broke her arm
and then her leg, then her other arm?
Now she’s fine. Not broken at all.
How many times can stitches bust
and heal again, fuller than before,
threatening to tear newly sewn seams?

Because love’s like that. It snaps
and heals. Breaks, then all better again.
Don’t give up on this love too soon,
this fragile thing, this human condition.

NaPoWriMo Day 19! For Sanaa’s prompt in the Imaginary Garden, taking inspiration from wonderful poet CAROL ANN DUFFY

13 comments:

  1. Oh..my.. freaking.. lord!❤️ Marian, this is soo beautiful!! I would give the entire world so as to not change a single word that's been placed here! Your poem is closer to life, it's practical, its emotive and it's such that everyone can relate. Especially love the closing; "Because love’s like that. It snaps and heals. Breaks, then all better again. Don’t give up on this love too soon, this fragile thing, this human condition." Beautifully executed. Thank you so much for participating.❤️


    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  2. I have to admit, I have never had it this way, You are right. and Well done

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  3. All too real and very wise advice. Be careful to give love vitamin C--you know me--I kept thinking of scurvy! But it really is such a smart poem. Thanks, Marian. k.

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  4. It was a fun read, Marian. If it's our dilemma, best wishes. We did that five years ago. Yes, lI've is a lot like the washing machine. My first one lasted 13 years, great until it's last year. My new washing machine I waited three years to get. It found me, I kept it and it's still running good 44 later.
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  5. I so enjoyed this poem, Marian! I love the way you have piled up all these everyday things and found fragile love in the middle of it all. I love that line 'The cat is suspicious of this pile' - so familiar!

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  6. Well said. I think herein there is wisdom and truth. Healing the broken is part of the story.

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  7. Beautiful and so very true :D Great advice as my husband and I near our one year wedding anniversary. Thank you.

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  8. This is one of your best. Don't give up on love is the message. Trials and tribulations are part of the human condition as you say. Great poem.

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  9. Ah.. you gave me chills with this perfect analogy.

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  10. Because love’s like that. It snaps
    and heals. Breaks, then all better again.

    How very true Marian! It is the best there is that sustains for a long time!


    Hank

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