Poem -



How not to crack
when the going gets tough
when ice melts like candles 
when life gets too much 

how when I crack
do I stop the spilling mess 
the life that’s inside me 
teaching, threatening, telling

how when it cracks 
do I put pieces back
without missing a hairline 
without living with lack 

how to pretend 
that in the end
it was all pretense 
and I was stone.

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