Celebrate The Cracks

One in a series of poems about life in, relegated to
and ending up between the cracks.
***

life within allure
of sunlight offers
the grandeur she expects
congruent with messages
that have flooded her soul
since childhood – uttered
by clergy and celebrity:
there are no limits
when you push
toil
bleed
teeter, yet struggle to
believe

hope provides
vision, a course
offering brilliance, though
oft obscured by
debilitating twists
unexpected and unpredicted
for someone having
connected the dots
played by the rules, but now
slips
fades
sacrifices, while striving to
flourish

trodden beneath
clumsy boots of the weighted
scraped into cracks
instead of lying bare
and vulnerable for
all to see and despise
licking her wounds
without drawing attention
to her battered soul
blighted
disgraced
belittled, fearful of being
disfigured

it takes a moment
for it all to sink in, reorient
mind and heart to embrace equilibrium
wondering what is amiss
and by whose standards
whether up is down or if
the abyss can, for all intents
and purposes, be actual
elevation with abundance of
beauty
elegance
buoyancy, hallowed by
endurance

all is still

eyes shift, come to rest
on her finest possession
adorning sparse shelf,
gifted by
ardent, adoring admirer
proudly displayed
exquisite with gilded cracks –
now perfect, flawless
shimmering in utter
simplicity
delicacy
splendor, salvaged from scorned
dross

momentarily dazed
by the wonder of
delicate vessel, cherished
beyond comprehension
though marred, concealing
its worth from souls
of lesser capacity
filling chamber with
holy glow, resplendent in
glory
strength
grace, though tinged with subdued
sadness

she rises with
resolve, poignant
moment kisses
gentle soul, forever capturing
this exultant moment
ne’er looking back to pine
for castles lost, charisma
exchanged for nobler calling
designed to bestow light on
pilgrim and pauper
chorus and choreographer,
poet and philosopher, deliberately choosing
celebration of the cracks

© Julia Penner-Zook, 2017
Photo Credit: Pinterest

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