Life is like a puzzle:

The middle pieces always fit together

In unexpected ways—

Though the edges are clearly defined.

They come in all different styles;

Grasslands, city life, and oceans.

Each its own perfect picture

Filled with little invisible cracks.

But the missing pieces

Always are more noticeable

Than those snugly in place.


They are

Like a flash of lightning

In the heart of darkness;

Like blood in the water

Of shark infested seas.


They may blind those who oppose me

Or they may tear me limb from limb.

But if I lacked those holes, I wouldn’t be

More than a sack of flesh and brittle skin.


And to remind me of my strife,

With its missing pieces and all,

I would frame my puzzling life

As a picture on my wall.



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