The China Facade

February 14, 2014
By zoomietotherescue BRONZE, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
zoomietotherescue BRONZE, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
-'When you stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you'd stop suffering when they did.'
John Green, "Looking for Alaska"
-'Whatever gets you through the night'
John Lennon


A beginning imperfection
plagued with a hairline fracture in a velvet China vase.
The fine cracks,
left absent-mindedly enabled
to sprout into a void, a lonliness
that no crowd could cure,
and before the glass blower’s eyes,
the false sense of security collapsed in on itself.
The handy-work that the creator slaved,
bled,
fought to keep together,
using a solution, a facade if you will,
that never cured.
His muse once so ethereal, so put together
seemed in that moment that bearing the curse all humans must carry was
easy,
motionless,
gratifying.
Relieved of the anxiety, the glassblower disposed of the carnage that ensued prior-
expurgating all the water and wilted flora and fauna off the cool tile
before removing the broken pieces that once formed an object
that brought immense joy to many,
deserving or not.
The vase could not feel,
nor could it suffer,
because no one wants a broken vase
that once held beautiful flowers.


The author's comments:
I wrote this piece in about an hour, but in that crucial hour, I was actually able to peg at least a fraction of the consuming emptiness that I've been living and struggling with for the past year or so. Unfortunately, this poem is a wee bit in the darker spectrum, but if I were looking at this for the first time it would be nice to know that someone else is going through and struggling as much as I have been. I'm glad that all of the struggle that I have faced head-on, and continue to battle today wasn't in vain, because just that wee difference, that minor relief, even if temporary, could mean the difference between life and death.

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