the puzzle

she was putting together the puzzle
from the magazine cuts
photographs
pharmacy prescriptions
and old wine bottle labels
the project of her life
was almost complete

the movie of her shooting cans from the hand gun
was projecting on the brownstone wall
no sound
just moving images
(she was happy that day)

she was slowly gluing the pieces together
the ultrasound photo of her unborn son
two Broadway show tickets
recently bought wedding gown recipe
she couldn’t recall his name
but she remembered his smile

this was her last project
before she’ll cut that barb-wire
with the engraved kisses on it
that was bandaging her heart

the heart was the last piece of the puzzle

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