We line up the edges

of our frayed hearts

Thread a sharp needle

with silken thread

Spun from fragile hopes

New found trust


Private smiles

Midnight whispers

Passionate kisses


We sew slowly


Small, neat stitches

Smoothing wrinkles

from our fabric

Ensuring fit

Checking for gaps


Going back once or twice

to unsew missteps

Correcting as necessary

before finishing a smooth seam


Step back

Admire our handiwork

We have created

Something fresh

Something new

To wrap ourselves up in

on cold nights

Tough enough to shelter us

in a storm

A thing of beauty

made from torn edges

and bruised flesh

A new whole

more than the sum of its parts



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  1. Your words inspired mine, thank you

    more than the sum
    be it our life–wellbeing
    to trust in ourselves
    follow a dream–make it true
    fix the rough edges–true love
    to repair a gap
    a gaping big hole–a void
    trueloves silken thread
    compromise use the silk
    repairs truelove forever
    done–hearts beat as one
    trueloves silk filled in the void
    future protected
    dream achieved–followed
    let truelove create new life
    your words invoked mine
    more than the sum of its parts
    heartfelt incentives
    your thoughts were so revealing
    old wounds fixed–love recovered

    Will be reposting these tanka, watch out for a pingback. Best wishes,


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