I will keep broken things by Alice Walker 

I will keep broken 
things:

the big clay pot

with raised iguanas

chasing their

tails; two 

of their wise

heads sheared off; 

I will keep broken things: the old slave market basket brought to

my door by Mississippi a jagged 

hole gouged

in its sturdy dark

oak side. 
I will keep broken things:

The memory of

those long delicious night swims with you; 
I will keep broken things:
In my house 

there remains an honored shelf

on which I will keep broken things.
Their beauty is

they need not ever be “fixed.”
I will keep your wild

free laughter though it is now missing its

reassuring and

graceful hinge.

I will keep broken things:
Thank you 

So much! 
I will keep broken things. 

I will keep you:

pilgrim of sorrow.

I will keep myself.

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