glass beach


glass beach

shattered, broken shards
of lost purpose
useless rubble
tossed to the hungry waves
we languish
despaired of
like unwanted rubbish
forgotten days
when they were something other
something to be treasured
and handled with care
our sharp edges draw blood
so we are discarded
denied fulfillment
neither contained
or able to contain
we are glass
scattered on a beach
in hopes the sea will swallow us
and then go still
as though we never mattered
at all
but the sea has other plans
we are tumbled against each other
sharp edges worn away
we are smoothed
until only our color remains
and the artist comes seeking
as we reveal ourselves
in the sun's light
in brilliant flashes
of red
or green
amber and blue
we are scintillating
when our true color shines
and we are chosen
for the artist's work
together we transcend
our brokeness

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mary1644 commented on glass beach


Wonderful uplifting poem - arising from the ashes as so many of us have. Such a good expression of truth.

dragonfly1023 commented on glass beach


this is one of the best analogies on life I've ever read. you've got exceptional gifts of imagination and presentation tenderpoison. this is an instant classic for me. 10 for sure



thank you for your kind words.

Hampton commented on glass beach


You made something beautiful from broken and discarded pieces of glass. The images are clearly displayed to the reader as the poem progresses.

UnworthyFather commented on glass beach


Tender, this poem to me is very recondite, and yet it is very simple in it's presentation and truths. I find this to be superb craftsmanship. Terrific write. Thanks for sharing. 10

cat8rat74 commented on glass beach


This is a wondeful piece! A masterpiece! .

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

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smoke 2
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sense of season 2
suspension bridge 1
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compromise 1
the final line 1
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paradigm 8
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cloudy skies 12
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heart of stars 17
The Longest Road 14
Legacy 6
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destination 9
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spilt milk 8
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genuine 24
fool's gold 13
silence speaks 9
dark temptation 10
glass beach 9
mother love 12
sweet nothing 9
lighthouse 6
unbound 8
One Moment 5
Michael Jackson is Dead 4
parley 4
unmasked 4
stand 5
sage 9
Rising 8
the last word 6
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unstained 4
insatiable 3
not pretty 8
surrender 4
forsaken 5
kudos 5
fine dining 3
Pieces 4
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priceless 8
25 years 7
only a dream 9
reborn 5
flicker 5
unruffled 4
taking the air 6
cymbol song 4
strike zone 6
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American Memorial 2
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Flattery 5
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Echo 20
Bride 16
Undone 21