I'm broken, she's broken, he's broken, we're all a little broken inside.

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We all come into the world

only to be broken inside.

We are

of broken lives and broken families

broken dreams and broken realities.

We do not realise that the first crack

small and insignificant


cutting through us ever so slowly and slightly.

We carry those scratches as a mark of resilience,

resilience known only to us.

We tape, hide, fix, gloss and prep

our brokenness for them

not ourselves.

Glass shatters

onto the floor and within the child

hiding behind closed doors in vain

to deafen the noise of warring parents outside.

Jagged, bloody bits trail after the man

staggering from bench to footpath in search of a roof.

The family breaks a tiny piece of themselves to put into the coffin,

so pieces of them remain with the lost loved one.

We face the mirrors, tears staining the surface.

We pick up the shattered pieces,

rearranged to an obscure mosaic

Only we understand.

Our low, soft voices deceive

the commotion inside our minds,

As we draw down our sleeves in shame

Hiding the scars of our pain.

At the end of the day when all are gone,

the veils are lifted and the sleeves are drawn

pieces are flung as our brokenness consumes us

Till we’re numb and ready to repeat the process

Tomorrow, Day After, Again

yet Again.

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