Photo of Pat Raia

(photo of Pat Raia)

 

Arithmetic

 

A dozen

 

misunderstandings

 

at least

 

one hundred

 

slights

 

Thousands of

 

small indignities

 

that

 

can't be

 

overlooked -

 

A million

 

brand new

 

chances

 

to get

 

to alright -

 

Your heart

 

is no

 

accountant -

 

but

 

mine

 

is

 

Not yet

 

I've

asked

for

forgiveness

and

I've

prayed

for

grace

I've

asked

God

to make

me

good -

just

not

right

away

 

 

The Collector

 

I'll

 

show

 

you

 

my collection

 

of

 

beautifully

 

broken

 

things -

 

A doll

 

with

 

one eye

 

missing

 

A half-shattered

 

porcelain

 

cup

 

A spoon

 

too bent

 

to sip

 

from

 

a disc

 

too scratched

 

to play -

 

I'll

 

show you

 

my collection

 

if

 

you

 

show me

 

yours

 

Pat Raia

Bio:  Pat Raia is a professional journalist who has covered crime and politics in Chicago, international business and welfare, legislation and litigation in the equine industry. Her blog is  Horse Welfare News http://www.horsewelfarenews.com