Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The Missing Piece

WILLOW'S MAGPIE No. 54

Life starts along 
the straight edged, easy, mapped out, path.
All is laid out,
the rules are there to follow, your path is clear.
First come the corners, 
fill them in, 
and all else follows on from there.

Perhaps all four 
fall into place for you,
the signs are there to read,
blue sky shows you the way.
As life moves on,
your faltering steps grow stronger,
a shape begins to form.
The pieces fit, 
you learn your lessons well.

And on life goes
first one piece then another,
the lines grow longer,
the picture fills, you are content.
But life is never easy like a jigsaw puzzle,
a halt is called,
a barrier blocks your way.
No man should walk alone.
There's no completion to be had 
until you find the missing piece, 
a love to see you home.
 

© USW


35 comments:

  1. frio - i wanted to respond to this prompt and couldn't find the words. you nailed it here. superb friko! steven

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  2. Friko - this is really lovely. I know I use that word too much but the last line hit home with me. I am of the blest to have the love to see me home and boy oh boy do I appreciate it!

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  3. Very nicely done. That missing piece makes all the difference.

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  4. no man should walk alone...that is a great truth...and it feels pretty good when some of those pieces fall into place in life...

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  5. Fantastic write as usual. Life's direction expressed with such eloquence, remembering each detail, each sign post for those who follow. Well done.

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  6. It sounds wonderful, to be sure! You've written it so beautifully.

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  7. Very nicely written, Friko.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  8. Ah, the missing piece of life. Enjoyed this.

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  9. I really like this one, Friko. Discovering the pieces, one by one, and learning a little more, as each fits into place. Nice.

    Poetry24…where news is the Muse

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  10. I like this, Friko! I particularly like the lines ' blue sky shows you the way' and the final 'a love to see you home' ('home' nicely chiming with 'alone'). But most of all I like the way the form mirrors the content. You are, literally and metaphorically, picking up the pieces, seeing if they'll fit.

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  11. This was a prompt with so much possibility. I took one look and had it. Your words are so full of wisdom and profound thought. Blessings
    QMM

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  12. What if the 'missing piece' is the only one you've got?

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  13. Take it from one who has worked many puzzles, it is better to resist shoving the pieces that don't fit into the places they don't belong. Dianne

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  14. Your Magpie is a roadmap for living life .....

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  15. Friko - what a life lesson learned. The ending brightened me up considerably too!

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  16. I wonder how that wood was cut! Looks fantastic!
    Hey, you are a very wise poet! My five-year-old grandson loves jigsaw puzzles. Do you think he`ll learn something for his life from them? Or do we all have to make our mistakes before things fit?

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  17. A wonderful piece on the jigsaw of life.

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  18. What a delightfully romantic ending! :)

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  19. Friko, you continue to make the rest of us look bad. Stop it please.

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  20. Know we are not meant to walk alone....may none of have too...blesssings...bkm

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  21. eine schöne Interpretation...!

    Dir einen sonnigen harmonischen Tag, liebe Friko!

    Renée

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  22. I love the notion of the blue sky showing me the way. Nice piece, Friko.

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  23. It is good to have someone in your life to share, lovely take on the prompt.

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  24. Even my thoughts were almost on the same track....
    Here is my Magpie
    http://poem-myworldofexcitement.blogspot.com/2011/02/poem52a-puzzle.html

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  25. das Puzzle des Lebens so wunderschön von dir geschrieben.

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  26. Your words turned life into a jigsaw...

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  27. I liked that very much. :-)

    Nice Magpie.

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  28. I love the comparison between doing the jigsaw and life. Wonderful words.

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  29. Oh...what an excellent analogy, Friko... and yet, like you mentioned, there's that huge difference between life and that jigsaw puzzle...
    "There's no completion to be had
    until you find the missing piece,
    a love to see you home." -- Life is indeed incomplete without the realization of these 3 lines in it..
    A very well structured magpie, my friend..

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  30. Wonderful analogy! I'm glad I found my missing piece before the box was empty.

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