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Marked Fragile

by Christel Crews

my world is made of blown glass
frail from every angle
beautiful to observe from outward appearance
formed through fire and pressure
hollow interior filled by
someone else's breath

basking in the light of the sun
reflecting prisms murmur promises
however in one false step
all might shatter
leaving life in pieces
to be recycled into untold phoenix


Posted on 07/23/2009
Copyright © 2019 Christel Crews

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 07/23/09 at 05:46 AM

...hey, I figure we are all just one step removed from a crash-landing. Who is immune? None, I'd guess. Terrific poetics here. Thank you.

Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 07/23/09 at 05:25 PM

This one is going in my favorites. I love how you have expressed this with such wonderful metaphorical imagery. Excellent!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 07/23/09 at 06:27 PM

Love this! My husband and I have been breaking glasses and chipping dishes this week - odd gathering of shattering. One glass managed to bounce on the floor this morning without breaking. Perhaps we are on the upside of this phenomena. :) I like how you bring in "someone else's breath". This almost feels like a gentle breeze blowing through glass windchimes, waiting for the big wind. THank you.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/25/09 at 08:57 PM

This poem has left me almost speechless. It's beautiful, the analogy of glass making applied to you the human. Marvelous stuff.

Posted by Keith McFarlane on 07/27/09 at 10:34 PM

Christel - I enjoyed this a lot. "hollow interior filled by/someone else's breath" is so rich in itself, and the surrounding lines provide this idea a nice scaffold. I imagine you have an identity for the "someone else" in mind, but I'm glad you trusted the reader to interpret this as well. Very well done indeed.

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 10/27/09 at 04:39 AM

oh! congrats on POTD!! love you!!

Posted by Alicia Vann on 10/27/09 at 06:43 PM

Beautiful and true. We are doing our best to break it.

Posted by Maria Massarella on 10/27/09 at 10:35 PM

This precious gem is of a beauty that silences. Congratulations on POTD...

Posted by George Hoerner on 01/11/10 at 03:15 PM

Life and blown glass have much in common. There is or can be far more strength than expected and yet the fragility of both can be a very real concern for all. Nice write lady.

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