Starting at the border
of that thousand-piece puzzle
under the blue light of sky,
I stand on the balcony
with the turbaned man in brown
and the red-scarved woman,
squint my eyes at her brilliant apparel
reflected in fiery windows in brick walls
painted with sunbursts,
dip my hand in red dye and
press it to the alley wall as the young boy
sprints around the narrow corner
play chess with the men on a bench
outside the tailor’s shop.
Then I examine the jigsaw pieces,
turning and trying,
until each building,
eases into the only place it will fit.
Andrea Jones Walker
This poem was inspired by Steve McCurry's photograph, The Blue City, Rajasthan, India. View it here.
Andrea Jones Walker is a Florida native who loves the beach. A retired English teacher and lover of words and art, she's had poems published in several journals and co-edits panoplyzine. She's published four books, and her first poetry collection Altars of Wonder: Poetry and Prose is forthcoming.
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