Poetry Month: Piece of Mind*

I sit on the floor, legs splayed,
Jigsaw pieces scattered
My work is cut out for me.

Most people open just one
But I wonder where the fun
Is in that.

Take out one box, two boxes,
Dump the pieces out and
See how it comes together.

You say you like to sort for
Good luck with that.

It would be nice
For pieces to make sense
Between themselves, but
Too bad they are now swimming
In different ponds.

You’ll find a match,
Make forward progress on
Switch your attention
To the next
Or the other
Or was that the first?

No mind.
Plow through the jumble
Keep trying
Until something
Resembles anything.

It may not be prudent
Or efficient
Or practical
Or wise,
But think of the satisfaction
When at last
You have a fit.


*I’m not going to lie. This is the kind of stuff that I did as a kid. I’d dump a bunch of puzzles together and solve them at the same time. My days of e-learning feel very much like that challenge.

Published by Lainie Levin

Mom of two, full-time teacher, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and holder of a very full plate

6 thoughts on “Poetry Month: Piece of Mind*

  1. I have never tried to solve multiple puzzles at once, with all the pieces dumped together – the idea fascinates me and it doesn’t surprise me at all that you would! You’re a self-challenger … but this e-learning … are all the pieces even there?! You so nailed the title. And I can see this being a metaphor for so much. Like – writing 🙂

    1. I’ve always been kind of a weird one =)

      The answer is NO, not all of the pieces are even there – but that’s so much how I feel. I’ve got eighteen tabs open on life all. The. Time.

      And yes, this could definitely be a metaphor for writing. So much could…

      1. “Eighteen tabs open on life all the time” – omg that’s it, we’re related – that’s a great phrase. I have enjoyed closing a few tabs in this sheltered time and have realized just how horribly fractured I live on a regular basis, sliced into pieces worse than Voldemort’s soul – *shudder*

      2. Click…click…click…

        And the idea that we are living with fractured souls right now. YES.

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