The puzzle shared with me a mountain scene,
allowing me escape from sleeplessness,
enchanting colors haunted every piece
and I held hands with nature in the night.
From snow-capped peak through hazy timberline
there ran a stream that burst from piney woods
and spawned a mountain lake from winter’s snows
to tell the tale of life the seasons know.
As pieces shaped the picture’s beauty there,
an angst within my heart had reached within
to mock my thoughts that, with the last piece placed,
there might remain a space with no piece left.
And there amid the beauty of the scene
a missing piece would tell what words dared not –
the story of a life left unfulfilled
with beauty all around the emptiness.
As fears of loss and black holes taunted me,
the hours birthed a perfect mountain scene
with every piece securely in its place --
yet with the beauty came the unforeseen.
The piece that I feared missing must be there...
so wonderfully the puzzle laid complete.
Yet in my hand was left a single piece
with colors of the trees and sky and stream.
Then thoughtful questions wandered through my mind
– to what end did I hold this extra piece?
And could this piece hold meaning in my life?
The puzzle there without it was complete.
So fears of missing life might not be real,
and working puzzles may fulfill a dream
where passion intervenes and writes the end,
and a puzzle's piece remains to mirror love.
When I reflect on memories of you
expressed, in part, by fitful, sleepless nights --
are missing pieces really demon's toys,
or do they tell me of a quiet love?
The empty places in our lives are real
yet never was my quest to change your life.
I miss way we were so long ago
and wish to let you know this part of me.
The extra piece of puzzle in my life
is you who know my heart – with love and more...
so puzzles are my own reality –
my main desire is that you understand.
The dawn has chased the darkness from the room,
the treasured piece is locked within my heart.
The riddle of the puzzle is complete,
and you’re the key that solves the mystery.