Shards of us

Unearthed remains of metaphors, a braille of past,
with care and glue, we stitched together shards of us;
repaired what’s broken with apologies; to maybe last
another day, or ‘till death us part, dismissing fuss.
Did we sweep the floors, or defuse explosives?
Did we listen for the blackbird or obey the crows?
Are we ready to be finished? Are we thus conclusive?
Meandering by Styx, we hesitate while Charon rows.
Cause every argument and every sin unpardoned brings
us closer to a parting, to the place where sirens sing(e).

Shards-ii, by Frank Stella

Shards-ii, by Frank Stella

Today it’s Open link at dVerse and Gayle hosts. Bring and poem and join the fun at 9 PM CET.
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October 19, 2016

27 responses to “Shards of us

  1. I love this mosaic imagery. Like taking care, over time, to pick up very special pieces of sea glass, and then using them to make something … a sculpture, putting them in a painting, making a lamp; the possibilities are endless. Like with marriage, sometimes an artist gets frustrated and has to walk away from the piece until he/she can come back to it calmly and continue working on it. But people with bad tempers may just smash the whole damn thing and ruin it. Just think of the masterpiece that might be destroyed with one swift arm-swing? No one should ever do that.

  2. First two lines so powerful. Arguments, said out loud and held within — closer to the singe. Many many years ago I taught an interpersonal communication course and one class was devoted to the right way to argue 🙂 One thing, be sure and do argue. One other thing – no “kitchen-sinking” — as in, at one moment in time, ticked off by one thing, bringing in everything else that was “stuffed” up until that moment. Funny — haven’t thought about those teaching days in a long time. “Shards of Us” — disturbingly real title for too many couples.

  3. This just commands my attention, Bjorn, as the October of my life nears November and that meandering along the Styx becomes clearer. So important to bring healing to relationships at this time of life. On a daily basis.

  4. Really enjoyed this. the first two lines are incredible. Arguments sting and stain but with healing done every days wipes the stains away. Love the mixing of ancient and modern metaphors.

  5. I like the perspective of shards of life representing a union. So many things make up our lives and to entwine them into a cohesive puzzle is no small trick. And how true, those unpardoned “sins” can part us. Love that last word…sing(e)…yes, we can be singed for sure!

  6. stitched together shards of us;
    repaired what’s broken with apologies; to maybe last
    another day, … love that…hope and reality..a tough realisation.

  7. This poignant poem makes me think of my latest failed rekindle with my on-again off-again girlfriend of almost ten years. Just a sign of a good poem – very relate-able. I like the double-play of the last word!

  8. A clever poem, matched so well with the art!
    I like “Unearthed remains of metaphors, a braille of past,
    with care and glue, we stitched together shards of us;
    repaired what’s broken with apologies; to maybe last
    another day, or ‘till death us part” Life is so challenging!

  9. Well Bjorn…..if you argue like this….gluing back the shards…..you will glue the parts of marriage together firmly. Haven’t heard the names, Charon and Styx for quite a while. Good twinging of elements modern and ancient. Really enjoyed this poem of yours….deep and instructive.

  10. Cause every argument and every sin unpardoned
    brings us closer to a parting

    Which many fail to realize. To be on a collision course is certainly risky!

    Hank

  11. Hard and biting, and maintains that edge to the last breath of the poem. In that, delightful, with scattered expressions that are unforgettable..the braille of past for example…brilliant..

  12. Yes, I was struck by the interweaving of past and present – culminating in the place where sirens sing(e). That is a powerful portent of impending ruination. Some fantastic writing in this, Björn.

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