Archive for October 19th, 2021

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Spare Parts for the Human Spirit by Amanda McLeod

Spare parts for the human spirit
are not easy to come by.

Life would be simplified
if we could only remove
the broken pieces of ourselves
and replace them with
newer, shinier versions
coated in titanium or sapphire
so they don’t wear out.

Instead, we pry off our
covers and peer into the depths
shaking our heads at the dust
and fragments that crunch
between our fingers, wondering
what value there is in this

But as we pull the pieces out
one by one, they start to make
sense, and we begin to rebuild
what they once were.

It looks different.

Some pieces are gone forever,
ground away and carried
off by the wind. Others
Are worn at the edges and
don’t quite fit.
As it all comes back together
even as a distorted version of what was
it starts to mean something.
And we begin to love the cracks
the missing pieces
As much as we loved the pristine original
and maybe even more.


Date: 2019

By: Amanda McLeod (19??- )