“Sharp Glass” by Minnie Bruce Patt

Shattered glass in the street at Maryland and 10th:
smashed sand glittering on a beach of black asphalt.
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You can think of it so: or as bits of broken kaleidoscope,
or as crystals spilled from the white throat of a geode.
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You can use metaphor to move the glass as far as possible
from the raised hands that threw the bottle
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for their own reasons of amusement, or despair, or the desire
to make a cymbal crash in the ears of midnight sleepers.
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Or you can use words like your needle, the probe curious
in tough heels, your bare feet having walked in risky places.
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You can work to the surface the irritant, pain, the glass
sliver to blink in the light, sharp as a question.
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Minnie Bruce Pratt, “Sharp Glass” from The Dirt She Ate: New and Selected Poems (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003). Copyright © 2003 by Minnie Bruce Pratt.

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1 Response to “Sharp Glass” by Minnie Bruce Patt

  1. Jerome Bloom says:

    AH

    I

    LOVE SHARDS

    BROKEN

    PUZZLE

    PIECES

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