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Sifting Through the Ruins

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(found on a piece of stationary slipped under Sherlock's laptop)

 

Maybe it’s not all about

restoring things to the way they were before.

        (and which before...too many times to choose from:

        before her?

        before him?

        before me?)

Ornate wallpaper and worn leather cushions

an odd safety blanket.

 

Maybe,

        instead,

we could create something beautiful and new from the pieces.

Slide our jagged edges next to each other

And soften them into a mosaic

        RAMC mugs

        and test tubes

        and Rosie’s pebble collection.

Cracks and scars intertwining

to trace out our stories,

        a filigreed map of you and me.