“Sand in Pocket (A Hole to Fill)” (a poem by KPKeelan)

(for Sir Bob Geldof)

*

Sometimes I think we are, each of us

born with a hidden deficit.

It’s there-

but it takes time to reveal itself.

Born into this fighting world

we squeal with life

and are checked for deficiencies:

Both arms? Both legs? All the fingers and toes?

Good. What a perfect little being!

Wrong.

Everybody’s got a hole to fill.

In time, it can undermine-

consume itself, like a sinkhole in our faces

and still

staring straight into our reflections

we can fail to see it.

We get the sense that something is amiss.

So we start to comb over the spreading bald spot,

wear hats to hide our embarrassment,

lather the blemish with obscuring make-up

and go into our lives

gaping wounds yawning in our heads.

Each can see it in the other,

but not in ourselves.

How ironic then

that we have hidden caches,

secret stashes of sand in forgotten pockets-

a gain here, a thimbleful there

and just enough!

Just enough to fill somebody else’s hole…

If only we knew!

All we need do

is reach into those unacknowledged pockets

and grab a handful of that sand

to make a human chasm

whole again.

What kind of people have these reserves

to patch a pothole in the human soul,

yet withhold something as elemental as sand?

Unknowing hoarders, all

because we keep these pockets a secret

from ourselves.

*

© KPKeelan

(8- 29- 15)

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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About KPKeelan

Fool, Philosopher, Lover & Dreamer, Benign TROUBLEMAKER, King and Jester of KPKworld, an online portal to visual and linguistic mystery, befuddlement and delight.
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