Place Your Order



“In order to rise
From its own ashes
A phoenix
― Octavia E. Butler





even at the best of times.


It’s all about finding a balance,

between self and other,

without breaking one,

or another,

which serves both in equal measure.


There is an order


doing this,


to find that order,

you usually need to make mistakes,

create a bit of disorder.


If memory serves me correctly,

and I haven’t jumbled its order,

one of the first things,

which Steve found out about me,

shortly after we met and merged,

almost two decades ago,

is that I have a

beyond expert level skill

for breaking things.


Except his heart,

although it did feel a twinge,

when I broke one of his

espresso cups.


If you have something which needs breaking,

please place your order,

and I will try my hardest to

not break it…

that is what usually does the trick.


7 thoughts on “Place Your Order

  1. reminds me of one of my favorite all time books, Broken for You. Can’t remember the author but I have many new ways to look at breaking things after reading it!

    Sorry about the lovely cup.

    I have a huge collection of cobalt glass. Uh, maybe I won’t invite you for a visit just yet…..;)


  2. Beautifully written! I love the structure and rhythm of this poem. Some things are like that — the harder you try to not do something, the harder it becomes. Like trying not to think about something uncomfortable and you think about it anyway.


    • Thank you very much!

      Yes, it’s like that joke they sometimes use in comedy sketches about not mentioning something, and because you’re not supposed to mention it, it’s all you want to talk about.


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