it may be an antique

but really, i couldn’t tell you its origins

it’s just been sitting on the shelf

since that one day when

i cracked the edge carelessly

tried to cover it up with rubber cement and

my talent for putting broken things together


(physical things, but not as yet my own soul)


a shabby ribbon to distract from the damage

but there was still one tiny shard missing

i never could find it and that irks me to no end

still, i can’t bear to throw it away

could be useful someday

used to grow something perennial

or cradle the beauty of the ephemeral


(i have hopes for my soul, too)

©mariah voutilainen 2018

Discover more of mariah voutilainen’s poetic musings at (re)imagining the mundane.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. hupsutupsu says:

    Reblogged this on (re)imagining the mundane and commented:

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  2. Nitin says:

    Such a wonderful, beautiful analogy mariah.

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  3. This is a beautiful, hopeful piece that speaks to the human condition. I love it

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    1. hupsutupsu says:

      thank you. hope is always around the corner…i’m just trying to see it more often.

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      1. That’s huge, to attempt to see it.

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  4. tara caribou says:

    Oh how I love this!

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    1. hupsutupsu says:

      so glad that you do!

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  5. I love this. And I understand the analogy, I do, but it also reminds me a lotttt of my mum. She kept things once they were broken, even if it was just as decoration.

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    1. hupsutupsu says:

      yes, i think there is a strong parallel between keeping and trying to mend broken/damaged objects and the desire to mend that which is broken inside of our spirits. the results of the inner work is more difficult to see, perhaps more arduous in some cases. i know this is true for myself, anyways. thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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