Lesson to Learn

Lesson to Learn     (by Christine Biles)

 

You have the nerve

many don’t

to be a plumber,

to cleanse the pipes,

seal the so-called cracks.

You don’t just tape closed

the leaky faucet.

Tape peels away

or rips off

when pressure builds.

 

You know

a bandaid won’t stop

the flow of blood

from a lost foot.

You have the nerve

to bury the foot,

cauterize the leg,

shove the nub

into the rage of fire.

 

Fire can seal cracks,

cleanse

as it snuffs out

all life.

 

You have the nerve

to start from a so-called

clean slate, to sterilize

and let the water

run through a new

network, new

 

Even new pipes

run with the same water.

To cauterize your loose ends

you create fire

where fire already rages.

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