I am a broken jar
held together by the hands of those who love me.
with weekly trips to the grocery store,
budgets carefully crafted in Excel (including formulas)
and the nagging sense that any moment
someone will see me–
the fifteen year old running the show
behind thirty two year old eyes.
My daughter reminds me often
how little I’ve changed since I was born.
I am still just as frustrated at being told what to do (or not do)
and would rather eat chocolate chip cookies than whatever is for breakfast,
lunch or dinner.
I would rather lay on the couch and read
than anything I’m supposed to
and I often do only what I must to keep up the appearance
and make room for what makes me happy.
I am still sometimes surprised
to find myself a wife and mother
with still more years spent
a lover of books, horses, and water
than these other, more demanding roles.
I love them all-
my faces, my costumes,
(even the grown-up one)
I wouldn’t wear them if I didn’t.
And the theatre (if not always the audience)
seems to forgive me if
I don’t find my way to my mark on time
or miss the occasional cue
while distracted backstage with an especially good book.