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May 10
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in - Leonard Cohen

A word with you,
Leonard Cohen,
to set you straight
on a couple of
you told us,
in words set to your melodic tones
and acoustic plucking,
about cracks
and light
and love -
descriptions of the human heart
as if it were
gilded leaf
plastered to
broken fragments
of Japanese kintsugi,
fooling us into believing
is poetry.

The cracks in our hearts
do not
glow magically
casting spindly
shadows onto the rest of
our organs.

The brittle pieces shatter,
their edges blacken
and crumble.
And the heart, that
vital muscle
oozes through,
not leaking golden light
but the deep scarlet
of brokenness.
*kintsugi is the Japanese art form of repairing broken ceramics and pottery by gluing them back together with gold leaf in the cracks.
May, 2020
Written by
LRF  32/F/Australia
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