The Japanese have a word for it:
a thing more precious for having once been broken.
This is us, and this is our love,
and this is you, my mended treasure.
I watch you, sleeping dragon
guarding your gold
and in my mind’s eye trace the scars
carefully packed with molten metal
liquid silver to heal the rifts
tracks like rivers viewed from space
thread veins connecting the damaged you
to the mythical beast you are today.
And here I lie, opaque glass fixed with gold
a lattice-work of mendings
glittering in clerestory light
nestled atop the findings in
the dragon’s lair.
Fractured: poems of love and desire by Marnie Devereux is available from Amazon worldwide, or from your local bookstore