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everything take away one

 

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two of my own

and two of his

and one of someone elses

one from up the street

and two more of a different his

one of hers and one of the first his

and one of the second

in the outskirts

Once on a TV show I heard two girls refer to one another as

my person

and once I came home with a friend to flames at my house

I ran out of her car and into my door

shouting my people are in there

So many numbers….

we multiply

and divide

we add to our families

 death and circumstance take away

Really, we are fragments of once whole numbers

shards

fractured by divorce or death or neglect…

we feel we are invisible

nothing

no number at all

we seek comfort in groups

2,4,6,8…

but there is no safety net

not one of us equals one

we are all crumbled and  cracked and crippled

we are only pieces of hearts that are broken

we are only slivers of those who have touched us

like  kaleidoscopes glued together with paste

all kinds of colours

that glow sometimes

in the light of others

Once I heard some one say

we are one people

and I believe that is true

but that does not make me whole

I am still fractured numbers

I am still broken hearted

I am still alone

imaginary gardens with real toads

7 thoughts on “everything take away one

  1. I cannot remember when last a poem struck me as being so deeply true, as to be like the very foundation of existence. If this can be understood on a fundamental level, then life (and its opposite) may begin to make sense.

    ‘we are fragments of once whole numbers’

    Thank you so much for sharing this exceptional poem.

  2. Really, we are fragments of once whole numbers

    shards

    fractured by divorce or death or neglect…

    we feel we are invisible

    This is stated with clarity…I’m sure a sentiment that many can relate with.

  3. I liked the way you wove around the resiliency of the human race. They are still multiplying faster than they crater. Witness our walks to school with the first grader (granddaughter) amongst the mob and the hordes of cars without end bringing those living farther away.
    ..

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