Sunday, June 5, 2011

lessons from a stick of candy

horehound candy
 sweet sticks
in a smoky glass jar
"15 cents a stick"
I pull one out

it's broken
its cellophane wrapper
the only thing
keeping it from
falling to pieces

I pick another
it's broken too
dangling in its wrapper
like a fish
with a broken spine

maybe it's not
so different from us
fine on the outside
but beneath the skin
struggling to
hold ourselves together

tacked together
with cellophane
and tape
but instead of becoming bitter
we must stay sweet.
(somewhat inspired by Paramore's 'We Are Broken')


  1. There's a lot of truth in that, Abigail. There are many broken souls who bravely put on a jolly, false front.

  2. lol I liked the ending as it made me smile :) thank you, enjoy the potluck!

  3. Yes, the gaily wrapped exterior and sweet, crushed insides--a brilliant poem.

  4. You are so perceptive..but have such a delicately forceful posession of long as we keep it together I don't think it matters if we use glue, tape or sugar..nobody comes out of the jar perfectly wrapped..another fine write..Jae :)

  5. wow! I'm a candy :)Thank you for the inspiration!

  6. stay sweet regardless what happens.

    love the sentiment.
    well done.

  7. It's really hard being sweet when one is broken!

  8. Wow. Powerful words. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

  9. 'I pick another
    it's broken too
    dangling in its wrapper
    like a fish
    with a broken spine' - love this. Thank you for sharing, I really like your way with words, you paint a picture.

  10. So thought-provoking a take on our innermost fragility. Nice potluck. Thanks for sharing. Victoria

  11. I love the analogy! I agree underneath so many of us are broken and scarred meagerly held in place by appearance and posturing

  12. Lovely imagery.
    It's in the being broken that we learn to grow.
    Your prose is wonderful, creates fabulous images.
    Thank you for sharing.

  13. "instead of becoming bitter, we must stay sweet" It's not always so easy. Beautiful poem causing one's heart to stir. Very well done!

  14. We all show off our sweet exterior. Beware what lies within.

  15. What a thrill to land on your amazing poetry land.
    Come sharing your poetry with us today,
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    Hope to see you linked in.
    Happy Tuesday!