We place all our broken things

In a room

Behind glass

Because we find it funny

That glass

Should guard our precious

Priceless

Useless broken things.

Sometimes we sit and we stare

Occasionally we try to piece them back together

But they always fall apart

And sometimes they break into even more pieces.

***

Children laugh and play with them sometimes

We give them pieces if they aren’t too sharp

They run around and try to imagine

What our broken things used to be.

We try to remember

What our broken things used to be.

***

Our children will take our broken things

Carve their initials into them

And make them new and whole but different.

And those new things will break

And they will place their broken things

In a room

Behind glass

Because they find it funny

That glass

Should guard their precious

Priceless

Useless broken things.

Lela Creamer was an eighth-grader last year at Robious Middle School in Chesterfield County. Her work is featured in the current edition of Write Now!, a digital literary magazine that highlights the writing and creativity of Chesterfield students.

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