by Donna Nemmers
We are all damaged— some of us chipped at the edges many fractured by our own actions some shattered at another’s hand but broken is broken and goodness never holds in full measure So here is the asking for all the chipped and cracked and crushed: find us where we are in the dark even when we don’t see our fissures or feel our souls leaking away sweep up our shards and make us whole We live in a splintered world bleeding and hurting each other walking through pain and spreading it freely bind our wounds and seal us with Your grace so we are able to reach out without spreading ache Fill us with a love in full measure that replenishes as it is shared make us vessels smooth and strong replete with forgiveness for all in distress seal us with grace and humility to cherish neighbors from every place
Donna Nemmers is a native Iowan, wife, mom, gardener, hobby cook, and poet. She has degrees in English and in Communications from Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa and enjoys spending time with her family. Her poem “Iris” was the winner in the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Day Poetry Competition. She has had several other poems published elsewhere. Her favorite poetry subjects are nature and prayer poems.