That night her floor welcomed her criss-crossed legs,
her hands that ran against the grain as she sat
cupping in them the gravity of a decade,
the pieces of a bowl repeatedly broken.
She eyed each shard like a museum item
reciting its place in her life’s timeline,
testing an edge or two against tougher skin
and wondering how it had ever got in.
At last she joined them back together,
each part with veins of melted gold.
And when at last she saw it harden,
she put it on her mantel forever.
The Art of Golden Repair uses poetry, movement, and music to tell the story of a woman shattered from a broken relationship and the beauty that emerges from rejoining the pieces.