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All These Things Are Broken

All These Things Are Broken

written by: Jackie Oldham


The World—
Africa splitting in two,
Mainline US coasts
and Alaska sinking, too.

Arctic Permafrost melting;
Europe in a heatwave baking.

People with guns
Spilling the blood and guts
of family, friends, and
Strangers who

Spoke one wrong word
Or no words at all,
Or simply gave a look,

Breaking the shooter’s
Sense of self, worth, balance,

Not knowing
or caring

That the World
Never stops moving
and shaking.

In a Universe constantly expanding

Everything breaks

But is recast
and reshaped

Into something new.

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