1. Survey the damage.
    don’t worry how it happened.
  2. Approach the mirror.
    set your glasses by the sink.
    open your Savasana eyes.
    take a long, soft look and
    let the brokenness sink in.
  3. Notice how your face is fractured
    into a hundred shards,
    the cheek of a porcelain doll on marble steps.
    cull them from the mirror;
    in your child’s palm they become milky shells.
  4. Resist the temptation to toss
    the ugly
    the chipped
    the saw-toothed
    and those with brown spots like rotted teeth
    dying to the light;
    you will need them all.
    gather them in a pillow slip
    and sling them
    over your shoulder.
  5. Walk the beach until you fall
    exhausted in the sand.
    the manacle of shells breaks your knees;
    against your will you genuflect.
    lie on your back.
    ask the noonday sun for its blessing.
    wait for the Curlew to suture your lacerated heart.

Sandra Anfang is a teacher, poet and visual artist. She is the author of four poetry collections. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Poetalk, San Francisco Peace and Hope, West Trestle Review, Clementine, The Tower Journal, Unbroken Literary Journal, and Spillway. Her new chapbook, “Looking Glass Heart,” was published by Finishing Line Press in April 2016. A second chapbook, “Rara Avis,” was a finalist in the 2015 Blue Light Press chapbook contest. Sandra is the creator and host of the monthly poetry series, Rivertown Poets, in Petaluma and a California Poet Teacher in the Schools.

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