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A Broken Vase

I broke a vase
on Christmas Day
sitting on a floor cushion
pulling at flowers
bound up with string

nobody told me off
because of my
stupidity -
this family who have learned
the language of laughter

graced me with
gentle smiles
while the chef said
'leave it to me'
and cleared up the splinters

Submitted: Thursday, December 27, 2007
Edited: Thursday, October 11, 2012

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  • Liliana ~el (10/8/2013 8:44:00 PM)

    Lovely and adorable! !

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  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/8/2013 9:02:00 AM)

    There is such family or people around us they treat like this, but folly should not be repeated again and again broken vase can't be reverted to un-broken lovely sober and gentle

  • Leslie Philibert (10/8/2013 5:19:00 AM)

    Like this, this reduced almost prose-based style is now very popular..

  • Deci Hernandez (10/10/2012 3:55:00 PM)

    I want to brake a vase and have my host to laugh at it. that would make my day. someday maybe? love your poem. it details true love.

  • Mark Dillon (10/10/2012 7:05:00 AM)

    lovely poem, mirrors the spirit of christmas and family and the insignificance of a broken vase in light of this worlds true disasters.

  • Palas Kumar Ray (3/4/2009 9:13:00 AM)

    Sometime aa broken vase breaks a heart.You are lucky being surrounded by wise people.

  • Indira Renganathan (10/30/2008 8:04:00 AM)

    Simple instance superbly versified..great work

  • Ewigi Liebe (1/11/2008 1:15:00 PM)

    Beautiful write penny and its very nice to read..thank you for sharing

  • Duncan Wyllie (1/10/2008 3:45:00 PM)

    A well-centred family with a well-centred poem to match, wonderful lessons in this one, such as how to react after a simple mistake etc..etc..etc...

    Lovely lines

    Take care

    Love duncan X

  • Meggie Gultiano (1/6/2008 6:22:00 AM)

    a beautiful write Penny! i enjoy reading this

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