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2017 WORDS UNLOCKED HIGHLY COMMENDED POEM: Shards

Poem: Shards

School/Facility: Granite YESS School @
Wasatch Youth Center
Teacher: Bonnie Shaw
Poet: S.B.

POEM TITLE: Shards

We walk barefoot on two parallel paths,
Yours a road, mine a path of broken glass,
Shards of windows from our broken home,
Mine, a painful path, all I’ve ever known.

 

Fear surrounds me like a pack of hungry wolves.
I’m not sure I can escape.
I run, I fall. The shards welcome me,

 

You reach out.
I push you away.
All I want is to get away from this pain,
Walk a path, of grass, so green,
But I can’t let go of the things in my past.

 

Sometimes I sleepwalk and feel no pain, no fear.
For a while it doesn’t bother me.
The wolves are nowhere to be seen.
I can’t feel the shards tearing into my feet.

 

Still, I see you reaching out to me,
But I’m fine, I think I’m fine.
You see all the blood, all I’ve lost.
I’m on this path of destruction.
You can’t stand to watch.

 

I wake up. The vicious wolves return,
Gnashing their teeth.
I scream as the jagged glass slices into my feet.
You reach out again.
I can’t push you away.
The wolves are coming.

 

We are their prey.

 

I take your hand.
We run from the pack.
We run and run until I collapse.
I brace myself for the pain, but it never comes.
I open my eyes
And look for the shards of glass,
Now blades of green grass.
You reach out to help me
Up from my past.

 

A new landing.
I see something curious.
Something I’ve never known.
In awe, I walk up the steps to a new door
I pause on my past but push it away.
I walk into a beginning, a new home
With windows, clear, intact, a foundation
Solid as stone.