Janice D. Soderling
was awarded first prize in Glimmer Train Short Fiction competition, summer 2006 and was finalist in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters competition 2007. Her poetry is currently on-line at Innisfree, Barefoot Muse, Loch Raven Review, Lucid Rhythms and Shit Creek Review.
—Back to Work Poetry Contents—
In another attempt to identify the source,
the old hurt is unearthed, the shards exposed
to the contemporary air; as an archaeologist
patiently brushes, measures, guesses, we lift
the artifact from the soil of forgetfulness,
classifying the find, labeling it, putting it
on display for incurious eyes; a cryptic pattern
reassembles, this buckle, this button, this bed mat,
a broken flute, the skull of a man, the hand
of a woman, unfleshed; almost, but never quite,
we recreate the lost moment when the whole
was greater than the sum of its fractured parts.