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by James Graham 

Posted: 23 October 2012
Word Count: 80
Summary: Poets have been mysteriously silent about jigsaw puzzles.

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I like the ones with trees.
This piece has three delicate twigs,
one like a long S, another
bent like a skeletonís elbow,
against a half-blue, half-white sky.
This has only sky and four
leaf-bits. It needs its neighbours.
This is a portion of beech-trunk
with two spots of lichen
like eyes and a streak like a nose
but no mouth. Itís good
to build a tree. Better still
to look at a living tree,
see its thousand pieces.

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Dave Morehouse at 19:49 on 29 October 2012  Report this post
I know that you put this up by way of illustration, James, but I think it's wonderful. I love how you move from banal, almost comic, puzzle pieces to the ultimate complexities of the living tree. I could make a strong metaphorical case for life itself and how the pieces of daily existence add up to the whole. Nicely done. Dave

Nella at 15:29 on 30 October 2012  Report this post
Agree with Dave - nice build-up to that ending. And definitely a metaphor.


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