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Scattered All Around

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Scattered All Around

"Fragments and crumbs of life, all the little pieces" 

                                           John Ruskin, 1853 

Scattered all around
Scrambling to pick up the pieces
Of what is left
That was once whole
Now shattered on the ground
What once was beautiful
Now broken and chipped away
Desperate to find every piece
In hopes of restoration
Frantically searching
Eyes darting everywhere
Ignoring the pain
As the shards cut
As you seize each piece
Even the most minuscule 
Clutching it ever so close
As tears start to swell
Chest begins to heave
As panic sets in
How could this have happened
Failed to protect and guard
Something so precious
Only few ever find
More valuable than gold
Casting the illusion
Of being untouchable
Standing the test of time
Safe and resistant 	
Thus leading to distance
Less guarding and sheltering
Taking comfort in the safety
Of letting go
Only to see it topple over
Like slow motion
Fearfully reaching out
Brushing fingertips
But not quick enough
Watching it descend 
Eyes wide
No longer breathing
Heart stopping
Helpless now
Ear-piercing
As it shatters
Into a million pieces
Knees hitting the ground
Awe struck
Dumb-founded
What once was treasured
Lies hopeless and lifeless
Even if all the pieces are found
Carefully glued back together
It will never be as beautiful
Covered with cracks
Never showing strength
Only fragile and weak
Telling the story of carelessness
How one looked away
Only for a brief moment
Left vulnerable to the unknown
Is now nothing more
Than broken shards
Glistening from tears
In blood-stained hands


By Shauna Riley

5/17/11

For A Rambling Poet's contest, "All the Little Pieces"

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  1. Date: 6/27/2011 11:37:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Constance's "All The Little Pieces" contest Shauna. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/26/2011 12:32:00 AM
    The depths of emotions conveyed in this rendering, Shauna. Many congrats on your WIN. Lainie

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 10:48:00 PM
    so happy this placed really well, shauna... cheers and more! ") huggs

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 8:41:00 PM
    Very powerful emoting. Great way to do this challenge, Shauna. How badly things can go in just one careless moment. wow. Congrats on your win!

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    Date: 6/24/2011 8:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea!! This poem hit me at work and I think this really describes well how I feel...to really describe what it's like to be in such a position...Thanks again for the great compliment :)
  1. Date: 6/24/2011 6:13:00 PM
    My congratulations on this win in the contest of constance, RRR

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 3:55:00 PM
    Congrats to you on your fine poem and win...Michael

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 3:31:00 PM
    Congrats on your wonderful winning poem in the contest ..an elegant write of creative poetry and poetic art.. enjoy with luv.. Shauna..

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    Date: 6/24/2011 4:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks! I think this does a great job and justice to how I feel...
  1. Date: 5/19/2011 11:48:00 PM
    oi! i laughed at some clever lines... and its all interesting... has all likds of deep thoughts... i think i will add this to my favorites... it has so much i can think on... and explore... thanks for sharing,,Linda

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    Date: 6/24/2011 4:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Linda...funny I wrote this in May...and still feel this way...
  1. Date: 5/18/2011 9:11:00 PM
    Glass! Bloody hands! Shattering helplessness! All the lovely subjects fueling the works! ~JSLambert ...even if you STOP writing here...Do Not STOP writing Dear!Time, thoughts, reason, sanity, emotion, ALL slip into the Fog of our minds when we put down the pen. Use your words of expression. Heal. ~JSLambert

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    Date: 5/31/2011 11:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the words of encouragement :)
  1. Date: 5/18/2011 4:39:00 AM
    A very fine allegorical write! When love or life goes badly wrong, it can feel very much like this! Some good, strong imagery here. Well written indeed! Regards, Robert.