purposeful patterns

This being human is
a complicated 10,000
piece jigsaw puzzle
without the box lid.
(i think God keeps
everybody’s box lid,
with their name on it)

A uniquely beautiful
mosaic of color and
movement arranged
in confusing circular
shape (no straight
edges for rounded
personal puzzle).

At times, we feel
urgent motivation
to build our life; at
other times, weary
of the effort, we
pause our puzzling
to get a drink or
take needed nap.

We may beg God
to show us the
picture on box lid
but he just smiles
mysteriously and
finds the next piece
we were looking for,
which fits exactly.

When our puzzle
is finally finished,
love’s glue holds
pieces permanently
together and our
completed puzzles
hang side-by-side
on God’s gallery wall.


Kim challenges us at dVerse poets pub to write a metaphor beginning with, “This being human is…”

38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. msjadeli
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 21:48:20

    What a wonderful metaphor, Lynn! I’ll remember this one ❤

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  2. Tricia Sankey
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 19:32:44

    I like the idea of being a completed puzzle hanging on God’s gallery wall! We are so malleable now with all the pieces flying around, but permanence will come, I’m certain! 🙏💝

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  3. sanaarizvi
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 16:04:35

    This is gorgeous, gorgeous writing, Lynn 😀 I love; “A uniquely beautiful mosaic of color and movement arranged in confusing circular shape.” Yes! 💝

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  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 15:49:37

    Great metaphor… and building that puzzle is what we are all trying to do.

    Reply

  5. calmkate
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 15:32:30

    what a great metaphor Lynn, you write elegantly!

    Reply

  6. Beverly Crawford
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 14:10:48

    A charming concept! God’s wall must indeed be interesting!

    Reply

  7. Ingrid
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 06:53:50

    I love this idea of our lives being a puzzle with God having the box lid! Rather God than me 🙂

    Reply

  8. kim881
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 06:24:02

    I love the alliterative title, the shape of your poem and the jigsaw metaphor, Lynn. Being human is that complicated! I don’t know if I would want to catch a glimpse of my box lid. Ah, the mystery of the next piece.

    Reply

  9. Ren Powell
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 03:27:58

    Love the humor in this!

    Reply

  10. Ron Rowland
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 02:39:35

    Lovely metaphor – love the references back to the lid (yeah, where’s our map?)

    Reply

  11. Stine Writing
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 22:05:29

    I love that you mention that God keeps everyone’s box lid. It is so true. You really never know how you are supposed to turn out exactly!

    Reply

  12. Carol Congalton
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 21:36:18

    Love your metaphor poem! Yes, life is a bit of a puzzle, a puzzle that has soooo many pieces to it.

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  13. rothpoetry
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 21:19:51

    A beautiful metaphor Lynn! When I started reading I thought, yes we are a puzzle of 10,000 pieces, and often with a few pieces missing! :>) Well done.

    Reply

  14. revivedwriter
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 21:11:49

    I love this extended metaphor, especially the part about god handing us the next puzzle piece! ❤

    Reply

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