Puzzle Piece

Puzzle Piece (Randyjw; May 11, 2018)


What in this issue is akin to a jigsaw —

starting with rigid borders and one-sided ends

working my way from the easy parts backwards,

so revealing fine details of the pictures within

Tiny pieces that all look uniform

one head, two arms, and two little legs,

subtle, yet varied among form and gradations

the two nestled perfectly is how you begin

Others join on to string right and then left

extending the base to a single-formed line

Continue around using only the straight-edge

until you have completed the silhouette of your design

Now gently find way to apportion the remainders

the commonalities between and what sets them apart

Take one in your palm as you cherish and savor

the distinctive striations and distinguishing marks

Learn subtle expressions displayed by each

shadow of a boat or the shade of a gull

lucid peach light in the lover’s eyes

tilt of chin in the fading sun

Aha! and to complete the process some time past begun

you grasp the last piece and you think that  you’re done

You carefully turn it to place in that spot

and, ever, went missing

that darn elusive last one




Filed under Poetry

2 responses to “Puzzle Piece

  1. Enjoyed this piece, Randy. No perfection not even in jigsaw puzzles, and yet it’s in our fantasies. I always think of Japan and geishas: no one wakes up in bed beside a geisha, it’s always a human being. Pretty rare, anyway. 😃

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    • That’s why it’s nice to at least spend some quality time in that perfect, alternate “reality”. I like it there, very much. The puzzle piece is behind the sofa, by the way. 🙂


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