Story of your life

The dog ears, with their corners turned down
we tell over and over – love stories, horror stories,
old jokes and limericks,
edges worn smooth with the turning.

Unlike those sections which someone
tried to tear out, to shred, to burn;
they are crispy and crumpled,
stubborn survivors.

Cloth-bound, elegant or cool leather-jacketed,
all the same, their paper cuts draw blood.
Some go nearly naked,
writing their narrative on paper-white.

A slender volume yields a perfect poem.
An uncut edition holds promise yet to be divined.
Walking the street, you see one whose spine is cracked
and broken, shedding pages as she goes.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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