Pristine Floor

I turned it over in my hand
This broken piece
Of self
Traced the cracks
Noted the gaps
Counted the missing particles
Now marking
A pristine floor

A broom passed by
Grabbing flecks that soiled
This hallowed place.

Its bristles shush
My shameful grief
Watching
In silence

I should have protested
asked for time
Told my story
Before
This piece of self
Crumbled
And I was left to mourn.

Alone
Or so perceived

Untill
Generous Silence
Gave them back to me
Cupped
In recognition
Bound tightly
With the string of memories
As I prayed

He gave no rebuke
As bits poured into my hands
Losing fragments
Between hesitant fingers
He helped me count the loss
That again littered marble paths
Highlighted against its wealth
As human filth

He waited
Cupping tears that spilled
Adding his own to the soiled floor
Besmirched in regrets as thick as aged blood

Patient
He shushed the onlookers
Ready to jeer the fallen

Then I was ready
He pulled each speck to himself
Dirtying his own hands to lift my loss
Into his apron furled
It was him who shook my remnant free
Of any last dust
It was my King who carried my shame
Out the door
And when returned
Knowing it no more

©2022 Mary Grace van der Kroef


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Words of Weight, FORTHCOMING

I am excited to officially announce my forthcoming poetry collection Words of Weight.

I asked for prompt words that held meaning for my readers and they answered the call. In doing so they helped me sculpt a unique collection filled with vivid imagery and thoughtful connections.

The poems included are as follows:

1. Words of Weight
2. Hug
3. Be Kind
4. Impact
5. Forgiveness
6. Growth
7. Amid
8. Understanding
9. Spill
10. Trust
11. Pause
12. Grief
13. Glimmer
14. Truth
15. Layers
16. Conversation
17. Quiet
18. Reason
19. Punishment
20. Resurrection
21. Portion
22. Sustain
23. Virtue
24. Guilt
25. Worth
26. Conscience
27. Gratitude
28. Conviction
29. Compelled
30. Bewilder
31. Covered
32. Doubt
33. Persnickety
34. Misunderstood
35. Progress
36. Weeds

Full spread book cover for Words of Weight
Art and Design by Mary Grace van der Kroef

I will be offering an eCopy of this collection for FREE to anyone who signed up for my monthly newsletter before October 14th, 2022. Not on my mailing list yet? Don’t worry, if you are reading this before October 14th there is still time to get this free gift by signing up! I look forward to connecting with you.

Are you reading this post after October 14th? I have chosen to make this collection available to read on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited shortly after publication. If you are a subscriber, visit Amazon to find it on their website, or find it in the Kindle Library on your device of choice.

Not a KU subscriber? You sill still be able to enjoy this 36 poem collection by purchasing the eBook or paperback edition on Amazon.

Thank you to my readers for supporting me, and coming along with me on this journey called writing.

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