Numbed by the world’s troubles
I sit at my computer scrolling through everything
but the news. Is it prayer, this clicking
All I can say
is that I don’t quit until something inside
shifts. Quickens. Tiptoes from shadow
into light when I stumble into a trove
of photographs that show how nicks
and fissures in fragile, fractured
things are fixed—in the ancient tradition
of Kintsugi--with natural lacquer
dusted with gold.
Somehow consoled, I gaze
at these cups, plates, teapots, shells--
for the moment restored, their frailties
aglow. So like our hearts, those shattered
bowls, their seams of fleeting brightness.
Laura Ann Reed
Laura Ann Reed holds a dual undergraduate degree in French/Comparative Literature from The University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently completed master’s degree programs in the Performing Arts and Clinical Psychology—prior to working as a leadership development trainer at the San Francisco headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She and her husband currently reside in western Washington. Her work has been anthologized in How To Love the World, and is forthcoming in the SMEOP anthology: HOT, and in the anthology, The Wonder of Small Things. Her poems have appeared in Swimm and The Ekphrastic Review, among other journals.
The Ekphrastic Review
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